I worked on this today adding corrections to his sword, the background above the third from the left horse and reworked the four horses’ hair n bodies (especially the left side of the brown horse’s mane). Jon’s arm looks a bit better. I just hit it all with more lights and darks and tried to match my black-n-white piece of paper I’m looking at.
Tonight, when it gets dark, I will project the screen shot below the painting to compare the detail of Jon with my painting. I gotta add more detail and possibly color to him now. I’m thinking about adding silver to his sword once it’s dry.
I love this painting because it’s not a screenshot, but how I feel about the screenshot. I didn’t cheat and it totally paid off. I can proudly say I didn’t use a projector and just used old fashioned upside down-negative space-squinting techniques that all great painters use. Everything is closer and taller than the movie. It’s a big puzzle I’ve been patiently and enthusiastically working on.
My big goal is to get it professionally scanned, make a wall-sized banner out of it to beckon people to my table: greatest screen ever painted really well in oil come here and check out my work!
I like this painting and will keep pushing until it reaches a point where I can’t improve it anymore. Every painting I get better!
I took my painting to a new level tonight:)! My painting has never quite looked like this before. Almost pushing to look a wee bit real. His arm is funky long right now. Can I save it?