I spent maybe 45 minutes tonight on the painting. My days off this week are Monday and Wednesday so maybe I can make more progress on those days. I was just too tired today after work. But I think the little painting that I did do is making a big difference. I roughed in that little table I’ve been talking about, and I decided to make the background all one wall and have it fade to darkness. I was hoping it would add some interesting contrast and mood to the piece. The pic above shows how it looked a few days ago compared to now so we can see the terrible background choices I had made in the beginning. I still need to darken up the shadows on the floor cast by the figure, but I can do that in the final stage probably. I haven’t decided if I’m going to put the lamp in the mirror reflection or not. I can’t make up my mind on it. And I need to make sure I sure a ruler when I’m finalizing the dresser and table – those are some wonky edges.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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