I spent most of the day working on the grisaille for a larger commission piece. This is the stage in a painting where it seems like it gets worse before it gets better. The sketch always seems nice to me; since I develop it to a fairly detailed level, it could be something of a finished work in it's own right. The underpaintings, though, frequently have a rough and unappealing aspect, even when there's a fair amount of time invested in them, as is the case here.
Sometimes, you just have to spread a little manure to grow a rose.
Labels: In Progress, Technique