This young deer was drinking at the birdbath with his herd.
My first try at painting him just fell flat. I knew it was worth a second try. He was so lined up in such a happy Dynamic Symmetry. I just could not give up on it. The painting went fast the second time around and I tried not to labor over it and ruin it.
I try to do the faces fast. When I struggle with some part, I will, without fail, overwork it. I am learning to wash it down right away and start over. Saves time. I want it to be the briefest expression of the lovely face. And if I do enough faces, I will learn so much about how a face is made.
I learned the indentation above the lip is called the philtrum. I love knowing that.
I have painted her before and she did not look any more like her then than she does this time. She is perfectly perfect. You would think all I needed to do was line everything up and there would be her likeness. I must have made some mistakes in lining everything up. She is still a pretty face and I like that.
Pink carnations are modest flowers, but they are among my favorites. Very serviceable too. They do not cost much and they last a long time. I hope I can get some more paintings from this bouquet before they must go.