I still can’t render

I worked for hours on my apple painting (see below), and I’m still no better at rendering. Those brush strokes can be seen across the room. My values are good, it’s just that my blending is shite. And I’m going to half to keep doing the apples over and over again until I get it right.

Goals for the week:

1. Make some changes to the tree marsh painting, now called Baucis and Philomen after someone on a message board told me it reminded her of that story. I am going to gray out the marshes – not a lot, not enough to destroy the dramatic lighting – but enough to create more depth. And I am going to add a bit of detail at the base of the tree on the right.

2. Get a lot of work done on the monster portrait. I’m really wishing now that I hadn’t done this as a grisaille, but it’s too late now.
3. Keep glazing the portrait of Gus.

Next week I hope to start attending an open figure studio on Mondays, and shift my general painting class to another day.

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