On the left, a sketch done "live". On the right, the latest oil painting in what is becoming a series with the theme of jazz musicians. Struggled with values on this painting, and controlling how much activity there was. At first it seemed chaotic and overly busy, no focus or flow. I worked on shifting and toning layers.

I wanted to keep some chaos, it is about jazz improvisation after all, and to capture the quality of a live sketch. I frequently draw musicians at the local jazz venue, "The Deer Head Inn". The elusive immediacy of these sketches has been difficult to translate to a painting. I think I'm getting there...

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