Pond hockey study. 5x7 oil on panel.
This was done yesterday after looking at the previous study of the same gesture; I realized I'd "squared up" the figure in the oil study, turning the figure towards the viewer a bit, while the pencil drawing of this figure is at more of an angle.
This is a common ( and lifelong in my case) mistake people make when drawing a figure - There is a strong tendency to straighten-up a figure you are observing. You really need to tilt what you see more than what you think you are seeing, and generally that will turn out to be about right.
Another change was to set the figure on ice that is free of snow and reflective, which is very interesting to paint.
July 14 2009 SF