I made this painting of my friend Nick recently. Originally I intended to do a portrait but then I got to his rood and was like "I need to utilize this space. So I did this instead.
With this painting I feel like not only have I finally rediscovered my abilities from ten years ago but I have more direction than I've had in all my previous paintings. More like this to come for sure.
Below are some photos from the day I used to help finish it, along with the progression.
This was from the end of the first day. I didn't really know what to do with it after that, but one night after painting I closed my eyes and I could see it in my minds eye. Somewhere something in me told me to isolate Nick by painting around him with brown, then to use a pale yellow and cover over the rest of the painting. I'd intended to cover the entire painting in a flat yellow but as I started I saw I needed to keep the depth. As I painted around him it just started to look naturally like he was on fire, or like the fire's going around him. I guess it depends on how you look at it. THATS ART FOR YOU! Now play the Yakkity Sax.
After the initial coldplayification in which I made it all yellow, there were only two more short sessions and a quick touch up while taking the final photo, where I added an orange line to define the facade of the building on the right. You can scroll back up to see what I mean. I also threw some random green on there while doing that... because WHY NOT!
OK enough from me.