Note to self – paint like an artist not a house painter – my first valuable learning experience concerning the painting of my girl. On about the fourth round of the base coat I was frustrated with still seeing the brush lines. Then from some remote part of my brain (where I store what I learned in art school 30 years ago)). I realized I was painting her as if her leg was a table leg – up and down up and down – not so good.
I was coming to terms with the fact that she was going to look painted (I’m used to polymer clay – very smooth). So if brush strokes were going to show – they should be interesting brush strokes. They should go every which way. When painters paint a portrait or any paintings they consider the way they will use the brush stokes. Now I’m on the right track.” I am an artist painting a portrait of a real girl.” Repeat 10 times and throw in a few “Hail Mary’s.” That should help.