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08-25-2002, 03:46 PM

Title: girl and cat ( x posted in oils )
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Oil
Surface: Board
Dimension: 24x30
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Only half finished, havent done many oil paintings, was just trying to get a feel for skin colour and light, help me!

Would love some help with highlights in the hair and skirt, what colour to use? white made it look like she had been in the snow? sorry, but im very new to oils. And also some flesh hints! What colours do you use?

Dave Carter
08-25-2002, 04:13 PM
Both girl and cat are well crafted and need nothing further. The window(?) could use a little something (curtains? reflections? mullons?) as it seems a bit stark, detracting from the warmth of the bond between girl and cat. Nice go for being new to oils!:clap: :clap: :D

08-25-2002, 06:23 PM
very nice composition and feel...
very well rendered...very natural poses captured

it can stand as is...and also go on...great base

flesh tones...
well, in acrylics...and surely in oils...
burnt sienna is always good

I do not think there is one painting
that I have done that does not contain
burnt sienna...also raw umber...

gives good rich tones to the darker areas...
used underneath the lighter areas
with glazings of light colors over it
adds depth and translucency to skin

skin also contain blues, violets, reds, pinks, greens, yellows...
depending on the skin, of course.
I mark the top of my tubes with the color in the tube...
that way I can hold the tube next to the reference
and pick out what colors are in there...
mixing, mixing, mixing of colors to attain the goal...
artistic licience is taken for the composition
it all depends on the look you are after.

mostly...play, experiment...and find out what works
then the variations will come with more play...

you are certainly off to a great start!!

08-26-2002, 12:18 AM
Nice work , keep going...paint everyday if you can...you have an easy comfortable feel for it!
my artwork and websign :) (http://www.artistblums.com)

Pam B.
08-26-2002, 03:48 AM
This is lovely. I like the minimalist look to this one. The feel of the cat being scratched is great. Not sure about the flesh on the leg but you did say you are working on this and Giniaad has given you some good starters.......apart from this l like it as it is.:cat:

08-26-2002, 06:22 AM
very nice and life like
i want to see her face

08-26-2002, 09:10 AM
Wonderful! Thank You for sharing.


08-26-2002, 09:52 AM
Thank you everyone, i really appreciate your comments (ive copied and pasted them so i can experiment) :)

another couple of hours

08-26-2002, 10:17 AM
This is fantastic! A world in its own. What emotion - wonderful subtle colors. Nice edge variation. I like the skirt and shirt as they are - :clap:

08-26-2002, 01:57 PM
This is absolutely lovely. I can hear the girl talking to her cat and the cat purring like the dickens!


08-26-2002, 02:08 PM
very fine work
cool bright colors and deep restful darks
the dark hair shape is like an awakenning stroke
of a zen painter.

08-26-2002, 02:13 PM
lovely work! I agree with ReNae...you can hear the purring from here! *GRIN*

Pam B.
08-26-2002, 07:00 PM
Brilliant!!!! Well done!! :clap: :cat:

08-27-2002, 02:12 PM
Thank you cagathoc, renae, JerrW, Fagan and Pam B! May i ask ,how long can i leave an oil painting before i go back to it?