As is often the way with these posts, not all of the comment and debate is in public. So it was when I said I was starting to paint again.
The longest discussion was with a friend of mine who is an excellent painter himself and something of a teacher of the subject. He was very supportive, but thought that I might be making things a bit harder for myself than I needed to. Instead of painting models that were on the way out (so as to not waste the good ones) he thought I should pick ones I really liked. His suggestion was that this would inspire me to paint more and continue past any hiccups. Well I’ve been pondering this while I’ve been continuing my daubing, and shiver me timbers if he ain’t right. The models I picked “because they were there” are easy to put down because I don’t expect to be keeping them. They’re the equivalent of doodles, or more accurately the equivalent of the scrap paper my grandfather used to practice on. You see, he learned art when it was being taught in a classical manner and one of the simple techniques for learning the craft of it was to practice the brush strokes that were needed to make specific marks. It’s simple – just get a sheet of newspaper and make the same mark again and again over the whole sheet. Then get another sheet and try a different mark. You can then bin the paper. Not the most exciting of lessons, but it certainly teaches you how to control the brush. I was just doing this in 3D.
On the off-chance that I’m not immortal, I may need to hurry my painting along a little (if I’m to get any armies done). After all, I’m not getting any younger. Despite that portrait in the attic.
So, after looking long and hard at the models I’d picked, I’ve relegated two of the three and replaced them with new faces. Ones I do want to paint and will actually use. This might encourage me to try harder, and should also be more of an encouragement to get on with them.