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Old 10-10-2018, 09:03 PM
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Oooh! Tiger lillies?! A remembrance of my childhood, please let it be those messy beauties!
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Oooh! Tiger lillies?! A remembrance of my childhood, please let it be those messy beauties!

They are from a picture I took at the greenhouse on the Biltmore estate.
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These arenít technically on my easel (as itís broken and I just prefer to paint over something) but they are my little experiments at the moment and Iíll start glazing them soon, after a little reworking to the verdaccio study. The verdaccio (left) is on Arches oil paper and the right is Strathmore oil painting paper 400.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship going with the Arches. The surface doesnít easily allow for the nuanced values I rely on heavily for realism and drama. Itís forced me to kind of simplify and stylize what Iím painting to get a result I like enough to carry my interest through to the next stage. At points it actually just makes me feel like a bad painter- a bad drawer even, at that- but by the same token, I sort of enjoy the process of deciding and pruning away what is non essential. I often gravitate toward soft focus, sfumato-esque paintings by other artists but I can never make myself dial down hard edges and sharp highlights and the surface texture of this prevents me from intuitively working them in.
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Michael, I like the lillies. It looks like you laid down a wash, and then started lifting out to the white canvas? Richard Schmidt's book has a great chapter on that process.

Goodcat those portraits are lovely, they carry a lot of life and emotion. I'm a huge fan of monochrome and you've nailed it.

I had a friend come over for a couple sittings last month and did this portrait. I told him he could have the painting in lieu of payment for modeling. When it turned out to be my best portrait to date, he smiled and let me keep it for a few months.



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This is a monochrome from June using the Schmidt technique of wash, and then lift out. This was day 11 of plein air painting in the Grand Canyon with temps over 100. My brain was baked:

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They are beautiful, Michael. Not tiger lilies, but still beautiful!
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More progress on the Mustangs today! The 66 plate car on the right's coming along nicely:





Got a fairly clear week next week so hope to get this somewhere near finished.

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