Yes, I’m being such a tease, showing you parts of the canvas in these wip photos. Partly it’s because this painting could take me 2 weeks to do, and it would get boring if I didn’t try to show you something different each day.
And partly it’s because I’m hoping for a big reveal once the painting is done. I hope the photographer who took the original photograph, Dani Devaux, will like the finished painting. But this is not a commission, so I could still interpret it how I want.
For example, so far I have not been concerned with catching the likeness of the model. And I’m thinking of having her eyes closed in the painting, though they were open in the photograph.
I think the closed eyes suits the peaceful environment and meditative pose.
Late start today, even though I slept well, had a good breakfast. It’s due to my addiction. I just couldn’t shake myself free, and get down to work.
And of course, as a Mom I also had the meals, laundry, helping kids with h.w. etc. sprinkled into the mix.
My addiction? Binge-watching everything on Netflix. To the point where Netflix could blackmail me by threatening to share my watch history with the world, because it’s so extensive, so eclectic.
In fact the other day I had to wonder if Netflix was throwing me some shade. It recommended a category, based on my recent viewing habits, called “Soapy International Dramas for Hopeless Romantics”!
I’ve always enjoyed watching foreign films, in the original language, but with English subtitles. I understand just enough French and Spanish to realize that a lot can be lost in translation. Low budget movies that have been dubbed into English are the worst.
I like to listen to the actors speaking in their own voices, to hear the tone and nuance. It is like a ladder to a window into another world, where I can experience the lifestyle of people who walk in wildly different shoes than mine. From the comfort of my own couch.
Last year I watched a few Turkish romantic drama series, and a strange thing started to happen. The Turkish responses for certain situations would come into my head, before I could answer in English – simple things like thank you, good night!
Anyway, I’ve also watched various shows and movies from India, Malaysia, Korea, Iceland as well as British, Scottish, Irish etc
When I was younger I used to love to curl up with a big book, the bigger the better because it lasted longer.
And it’s the same thing with watching a series, the characters become very familiar. And it’s like having company in the studio.
That’s how it works with shows in English. The problem is, you can’t watch a show with subtitles and paint at the same time.
So far during this challenge, I’ve been listening to podcasts while I paint. It was working great, but then this morning I was watching a Korean series and I just didn’t want to stop.
Eventually I compromised and put on a movie in English, and watched that while I painted. By the time it was over, I was deep into the painting, so I was able to carry on with nothing else playing in the background.
My plan for this week is to go to the library and pick up an audio book or two to try out.
Yeah, yeah, I know. First world studio problems.