With Toasted Soldiers
Oil on Canvas
A few days ago I wrote about the difficulties of drawing complex subjects when the picture plane is some distance from the subject matter. From time to time I do this intentionally by challenging myself to paint subjects which are directly below me while my easel remains vertical. This is good practice as it requires drawing and painting from memory. It forces me to really think about what I am doing, trying to absorb as much information when I am looking down and memorising it in order that I can reproduce it when I get to the canvas . . . via a detour with the brush to the palette.
It doesn’t always come off. Truth be known in my case it rarely comes off! Its good practice none-the-less.