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Jason Conway
01-21-2000, 11:06 AM
I just started an portrait in oil. I have never done a "dry" painting before. I was wondering if you guys could give me some pointers to doing this. I tried to create a mattte look by forming the oval with the fade at the bottom and lighter grey at the top. I have never done any kind of "wash" painting. Any help will be appreciated. Btw, this is my grandfather, who passed away last month. It's a long way from being finished.

You can get a bigger one at http://www.lcs.net/users/jconway/big_red.jpg

[This message has been edited by Jason Conway (edited January 21, 2000).]

01-23-2000, 04:44 AM
hi again Jason,

it looks like you have gotten a nice start on this!!..I am not a formal portrait painter so it would be hard for me to give you any tips, and it would not be "fair" to critique a piece that is so far from completion..keep going!!

good luck with it http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

irene clark
01-24-2000, 02:35 PM
Hi Jason,
I like this painting very much, just as is.
My first impression before I even read that he was your passed grandfather, was that I was viewing a heavenly being. Probably because he has an unearthly glow enveloping his form, giving the skin tone an angelic nature. Supernatural, so to speak.
Well done! I'm impressed whenever I see a realistic oil portrait. I usually do mine in pencil and sometimes chalk pastels.
Irene Clark with a heart for art.

Jason Conway
01-25-2000, 11:08 AM
I have gotten some suggestions by email and wanted to pass these along. My oval effect is not going to work because it is off-center. See below:


I am thinking I might want to darken the backgound a little and do the whole torso. Like this:


Let me know what you think about this modification.

[This message has been edited by Jason Conway (edited January 25, 2000).]

01-25-2000, 11:36 AM
I did not like the oval effect (off center or not). I like the second one much better.

01-25-2000, 11:29 PM
the second image is much better than the first, but i'd still move him over to the right just a bit..
be careful of symmetry. it's relatively boring. and that's the last thing you want. boring is passed on.
great improvement!!

irene clark
01-26-2000, 07:05 PM
Hi there!
I also prefer the second portrait.
Terrific improvement.

[This message has been edited by irene clark (edited January 27, 2000).]

Phyllis Rennie
01-26-2000, 08:32 PM
I also think the one without the oval effect is much better. Will be watching for future versions of this--you've got a good start. He looks like he had a warm and interesting personality.