Woman on an edge (2015)

woman on an edge (2015, digital painting, PS with Kyle T. Webster brushes), by heather quinn

woman on an edge (2015, digital painting, PS with Kyle T. Webster brushes), by heather quinn

On 26th September 2015, I watched a speed painting. The subject was a woman. The artist made seemingly tentative, but actually well-planned, casual strokes. There was nothing to indicate how realistic it would become. For about four minutes, my admiration grew as the painting took shape. I liked that the artist painted the woman with eyes averted. And then there was a jump cut. The paper was shifted slightly, the woman was looking straight ahead, and the painting was more photo-like. A lot more photo-like. Oh artist, so cheap are thee.

So in the middle of the EDST night, 27th September 2015, I decided to paint a woman with eyes averted, using casual strokes. No stylus or mouse, just finger on touchpad. Once in a while it looked like something Picasso might have done if he were learning Photoshop. The simplicity, the Greco-Roman-generic womanliness. But then I had to texture it up, add shadows, highlights, and such. Which made it less, not more. I used layers. Too lazy to paint right, which would have meant going elsewhere to another laptop that has a stylus installed. Oh well. Yet still I’m happy. Painting again, something something like what I might have doodled in high school. When I was so ignorant of life, and so stubbornly hopeful.

#relearning #art #mindfulness #losetheego #digitalpainting #Photoshop #noWacom #KyleTWebsterbrushes

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