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.
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