Did you know it gets really cold in basements this time of year? Space heater won't cut it kind of cold?
Did you know if you spill Ice tea on freshly painted floor with flat black acrylic house paint, the paint will peel?
After all this preparation, getting my color checker and proportional divider, medium added to paints, man I was set,ready to go, ready to paint that first of many master pieces! Nope...uh, uh....freakin' lighting is sooooo important....I spent most of my first day of "paaaaiiinnntingggg" figuring out what was wrong with my lighting. I couldn't see the color on the color checker. After several trips to homey depot and WallMark (my wife calls it that, don't know why and I don't ask) it occurred to me to review the basic use of the color checker on DMP. Who'd a thought! I mean, I've seen Mark using the dern thing at least a 1000 times in just about every video I watch, I had it, man! I had it! Nope, not even close. After reviewing the basics of color checker short clip I found out about "light balance"....light balance? Ok, it's clear I don't have enough light in my studio because I had to set my light box to very, very dim to get it to balance with the studio lighting. Also, It helps to use a 5000K light on the light box too...I don't know if that's right but it was the only way I could finally get the color checker to start working. Finally, should any studio lighting creep into the light box or should that be prevented? Seems like it should be prevented because it messes up my shadowing.
Lastly, while I sketched my objects in fair amount of detail, I really didn't pay much attention to the cloth back drop. Hey, it's a piece of cloth, no sweat, I'll just stick that in as I paint, couple of rough lines showing some locations, that's it right? Nope....I really ended up with a big mess. Note to self, draw the d*** background cloth next time!
Lastly (for real this time) I have the wrong brushes. I bought a whole pack of them suckers from Michael's art supply for $8.00! Wow! 8 bucks and I have this whole variety of 20 some odd brushes, cool! Nope....these were very stiff hairs, probably hog's hair stiff, they were the wrong shape and difficult to get the paint to work right.
After feeling like I wasted so much paint it brought a tear to me eye, that I completely screwed up my first canvas and that my ice tea peeled the paint on my studio floor, I called it a day. Man! Mark makes it looks so easy! That's what people say about my golf swing, so I can relate...Guess I'll pull out another canvas and start over, but I'm going to play with this one for a while, trying to get better at mixing paints (you know, you can run out of titanium white real fast when you're on the upswing of the learning curve!), using the color checker and fixing my lighting!
Like I said in my introduction...this is going to be a journey.....