First part of the day, did a nude. Very unsatisfying.
Had a piece of paper with the computer image of the nude on it, all the highlights and shadows on the body's muscles. Checked the paper, checked the painting. Checked the paper, checked the painting. Back and forth. Finished nude I don't care much for, but I think it is about as good as its going to get. This is the third time I've painted the nude, each time the flesh gets fleshier. Have time before the opening of the show to paint it a fourth time, don't know yet whether or not I will. It takes two days to complete the nude, feet to butt first, waist to fingertips second. Oh yeah, this is because the nude is hanging upside-down. And the head has been cut off.
Second part of the day brought "Mermaid and Sailor" to half completion. Very satisfying. No paper to check, everything done by impulse and instinct. This painting is tiny, 5" x 7", but it definitely is the direction that I want to go in for the future.