Today was my first day back into the studio after having to entertain family for the past ten days. I wasn't able to get any painting done during that time and, boy, it did not feel good. I get pretty grumpy when I don't get into the studio often and try not to make that a habit, so the past few days were painful. It was nice to get back in there and everything seemed to be working out right the way I wanted them to. I was giddy.
I worked on the family piece I was painting previous to all of the family visits. I have some minor touch-ups and some highlights left. It feels pretty done. I worked on the woman's hand and it looks more like a hand, not some deformed claw. I think it could use some more work but I am hoping some highlights will make it look even better. The dresses on the little girls need a tiny bit of work, but then I think I'm done. I am pretty happy with the way this one came out. I really like the composition.
I also worked on the three older ladies on the beach. It is FINALLY starting to look right and make me happy. I have been so disatisfied with this one for so long that it's nice to see it finally come together. It still needs a lot of work but I am happy with the direction of it.
I really like the canopy on this chair. I think it fills the space better, making to figure not seem so "isolated" and apart from the rest of the composition. I still need to work on her hand and the chair on this lady.