After my last post I was thinking about what I said about painting each figure one at a time to completion, and I realized that was a bad idea. The entire point of the dead coloring stage is to get the canvas completely covered so that the white does not interfere with the judgement of color. I have lapses of reason when I am impatient. So tonight (it’s 1am right now) I started to rough in the second girl’s shirt, then jumped in to covering the large dark areas of the background. So far so good.

We’ve been having 100-degree weather here in the northern Nevada desert lately and trying to paint during the day has been too uncomfortable. I have a window A/C unit in my shop that helps, but during the day it’s still too warm in here. I did like working in my house better – I could go for longer periods of time and having company every once in awhile was nice. It’s much lonelier out here in my shop and I’ve found that I tend to only work for a couple hours at a time when I paint.

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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