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Mikey
03-23-2005, 06:24 PM
Another Bougie, much bigger than actual size. I've begun this because I cannot paint the correct colours at night. There's corrections to make yet, but it does seem to be a whole lot easier that La Priere.

12 x 16 inches canvas, oils.

Mikey

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2005/28043-bather_head_2.jpg

Anita Murphy
03-23-2005, 08:12 PM
Want to see more of this - is there a source to show us?

A Few Pigments
03-23-2005, 08:21 PM
Mikey one thing I found that helps with painting under artificial illumination is a combination of lights. I used to have a set up with a shop light over head with one 40-watt cool florescent bulb and one 40-watt warm florescent bulb. Then a 60 or 100-watt tungsten bulb in the light on my drawing table.

All of that is suppose to create a light close to the color of sunlight. It works well, but if I set something like that now Id just use the 40-watt florescent lights that simulate sunlight. There is of course the Ott light invented by John Ott who did the lighting for Disney of the slow motion shots of flowers blooming and plants growing, but those lights are way over priced for what they do.

Mikey
03-23-2005, 08:28 PM
Here it is present and quite magnified as well.
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/image.asp?id=19864

Hi Bruce, maybe I'll be able to sort some daylight lighting after I've moved to my new place.

Mikey

Anita Murphy
03-23-2005, 09:11 PM
Trying to confuse me Mikey - only see one eye at a time!

laketrees
03-23-2005, 11:55 PM
Picked a good one here Mikey. :clap: ....when I paint at night....I use heaps of lighting anything I can lay my hands on because I paint a lot at night...am I repeating myself here????
cheers kim

Mikey
03-24-2005, 06:08 AM
Hi Kim and present, I thought this one would be relatively easy as it has less colour variation in the skin tones and they are not quite so subtle.

Mikey

Mikey
03-27-2005, 11:03 AM
I've put down some more contrast and local colour. Her right eye contains most of the values I need for the painting, so I could bring that to a fair state of finish now if I wanted.

Mikey

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Mar-2005/28043-bather_head_3.jpg

laketrees
03-28-2005, 02:55 AM
Hi Mikey....hope your settling in to your new place...
The features are looking very strong...I particularly like the eyes ...very seductive!!!
cheers kim

Mikey
03-28-2005, 07:47 AM
Thanks Kim, you'll see so far I've just been having fun with a loose brush. The isn't my favourite Bougie, but the massive file of the head only was too much of a temptation to resist. I am amazed, the file is at least twice actual size, so look at that brush in the flesh.

Mikey

Mikey
03-28-2005, 10:31 AM
I began to work on her right eye and noticed just how light my darks suddenly seemed to be. So I've had to work on that again. BTW can anybody tell me in plain English exactly how he did it. I zoom in the see his colours in great detail, but the overall effect is something quite different. I do not seems able to copy the detail to get what I want. I suppose that is a touch of the blindingly obvious.

Mikey

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Mar-2005/28043-bather_head_4.jpg

Mikey
03-28-2005, 01:28 PM
I think I'll just leave this one as finished and take a better photo for the main forum tomorrow.

Mikey

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Mar-2005/28043-bather_head_5.jpg

laketrees
03-28-2005, 06:44 PM
Hi Mikey...I think all this Bougie work is really developing all areas of your work...I really like this ..the skin coloures and features are fabulous..sometimes it's hard to remain objective about your work epecially hard when your comparing your work to the masters...I know when I did the pearl earring there were times when I thought...oh what the heck I'm never going to get the mouth but then it all sorta falls into place...and I learnt an awful lot about portrature from "that"girl... nearly as much as I learnt at art school (lol I had an excellent teacher who taught me a lot about portrait painting BTW...I will always be grateful for that..)oops rambling on a bit here..must be my flu... :D
cheers kim

Mikey
03-28-2005, 07:02 PM
Hi Kim,

I am actually pleased with the overall look of this painting. That is something. Now that little girl of Vermeer's really was a deceptively simple painting, and not easy. Should I say simply deceptive. I can never understand why he had the light nose getting lost in the highlight of the cheek. I'll soon be on to another portrait, but have just begun a Cabanel.

Mikey

laketrees
03-28-2005, 07:08 PM
Hi Mikey
simply deceptive...or deceptively simple...Lol :D :D
cheers kim