|Number 91 of my 100 Starts project|
For this start another hedgehog toy, but a different one from yesterday. It's one I painted for Numbers 25 and 25 — when I look at the three in succession I see improvements. Although I will be working on brushwork more deliberately in the future, I like seeing how it's changed so far during the course of this 100 Starts project. The strokes are more painterly and fresh, less self-conscious.
With this particular setup of surface and background colors, it has a subtle, understated quality that I like. If I were to take this subject to a completed painting, it would be really fun to work on different hard and soft edges to shape how the subject and background relate to each other and create emphasis in some places. There's also an opportunity to play with temperature more since so much of it is in the mid-value range.
Now that I'm in the home stretch I wanted to start posting these daily. The previous studies can be found here.