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Old 11-14-2018, 10:01 PM
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Re: The 15th Annual WetCanvas Holiday Portrait Swap -- Pairing, Sharing & Painting Thread

Looking good guys.
Mike, canít wait to see more
Floblue, you have left us in your dust
Arthur, what paint are you using?
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:47 PM
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Re: The 15th Annual WetCanvas Holiday Portrait Swap -- Pairing, Sharing & Painting Thread

Hi Deanna

I use Rembrand ( Talons) oils

I use a "limited palate" - Zinc White, Ult Blue, Yellow Ochre , Burnt sienna

and I have on hand a small amount of Cad Red , Cad yellow , Sap Green to assist with mixing colors to get them right if Im struggling

PS - I also like to paint with dirty brushes cause it sops the paintings from looking "unnatural" (and saves me the hassle of washing brushes after each session) - so I wash my brushes only after each painting is finished
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:51 PM
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Dea, thanks but from what iím Seeing posted alll the work is awesome. Iím really interested to see how they all turn out. Iíve seen some drawings on pastelmat at our art guild meetings from what iíve seen pastelmat produces some gorgeous work. You have a nice start canít wait to see it completed.
Arthur thanks for posting how you work. Itís really interesting. I keep going back to your painting for technique inspiration.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:54 PM
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Arthur, how long can you go before washing the brushes. I just hate having to wash them all the time. Do you put them in anything between sessions?
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:07 AM
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Re: The 15th Annual WetCanvas Holiday Portrait Swap -- Pairing, Sharing & Painting Thread

I have a dabble with oils now and them but it always makes me want to go back to my pastels, no washing brushes only fingers
Pastelmat is my favourite paper its toothy but dosen't eat the pastel like sanded papers.
Here's some more progress on Mike's portrait, scary I know but don't be alarmed these are just base colours.
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Dea that looks amazing
Dea and floblue let me let you into a secret
Iíll tell you what I have worked out with regard to making all oils easy and fun to use. There may be a small initial outlay but it is worth it. This is what I do -
The first thing you need is a small cheap freezer about the size of a bar fridge. It costs about 200 Aussie dollars
So after each painting session I put my palette or pallets into the freezer - my freezer - Out of bounds to the family and no food allowed in it - and the paint stays soft and usable for sometimes weeks.
After each painting session I wipe my brushes off with a cloth and dip them into a brush tip. The best one I think is the Geneva Fine Art brush dip made by Mark Carder - who happens to be my hero and inspiration
Store the brushes lying flat and when you next want to paint just wipe them off for the cloth and off you go.
The only thing you need to wash at the end of each session are your hands
I suppose the only way this would work is if you divide your brushes into light medium and dark tones and keep those separated during the whole painting process. Remember that white is a pollutant and destroys all beautiful shadows so keep those brushes with white separate
Sorry I hope that wasnít too long
Give it a go - itís easy
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Old 11-15-2018, 12:15 PM
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Dea your pastel is really coming along. Canít wait to see the finished piece. Arthur do you think it would be okay to put my paint in the food freezer? Everything is already frozen. I havenít used any Mark Carder products yet but iíve Watched his videoís too. They are very helpful. Do you use the Geneva paint? If so is it good paint? Looking for some better paint than what iíve Been using. Did you invest in his color checker?
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Hi Floblue
I would not put my paints anywhere near food. I donít trust the ingredients and who knows what is and what is not toxic ( actually Iím a GP so I am a bit paranoid about these things ) Why donít you have a look at your local store to see how much a small standalone freezer would cost . you would be surprised how cheap they are it is a wonderful investment because you can be using normal oil paints for long periods of time mix your colours and that pile of paint will last a long time When stored in the freezer When ever I squeeze paint out from the tube and I finish a painting I keep those piles in the freezer to use for my next painting. I have probably paid off the freezer by now on what Iíve saved in cost of paints
I am so glad I have met someone else who has watched Mark Carder. I learnt how to paint from him and everything I do is because of his techniques. I do not use his paints as they are not easily available in Australia so i use normal good quality oil paints. I have bought his original small color checker but I donít use it any more as I just used my palate knife while mixing the paint - I hold it up to , color check. I love his proportional divider.
Also I actually make up my own brush dip because I donít think heís products on available here easily - I did by all his videos and thatís what made me confident with my porch at work and my still lifes
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SORRY - my last sentence should read - ďI did purchase all of his for sale videos and thatís what made me confident with my portrairt work and my still life paintingĒ
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Everything is looking great so far!


Arthur that painting is coming together beautifully, it's clearly me, but the nicer me that lives in my head rather than the tired me that lives in the mirror








I had been planning to work it up a bit more, but decided I liked the 'brushyness' and didn't want to obliterate that. Currently plan is to take a fresh second crack, and see which I like better. Fairly pleased with how this came out.
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Amani,what a nice painting.
Arthur thanks for more info on the paints. I watched Mark Carder but never followed his step by step. I probably should though it might improve my work. I also watch Stefan Baumann. I like his class videoís where he critiques his students work. I noticed Mark Carder has also started critique videos. I was thinking about getting a proportional divider. Just havenít made the move. It sure would make things easier. Right now Iím using grids.
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Hi Amai
You have a lovely touch with the brush
Itís looking great
I feel much younger looking at it
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Re: The 15th Annual WetCanvas Holiday Portrait Swap -- Pairing, Sharing & Painting Thread

Interesting to read about your oil-in-the-freezer, Arthur.
This is exactly what I do. I store the piles of paint onto a white square tile. That goes into a flat plastic box with a sealed lid. Then into the freezer.

I wipe my brushes at the end of the session and put them into a jar of vegetable oil- just deep enough to cover the brush part. Then when I start my next session I just use white cotton sheeting to wipe off the oil and away we go.
I wash the brushes about every 3 months in dish washing liquid.
I use neef stiff flat synthetic brushes that have the best endurance for my style of painting.
I use a large glass sheet- chopping board- for my palette which is easy to clean.

Great portrait progress from everyone!
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Excellent tips I love it.
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Wow!

Things are going so well, here. Lots of great portraits underway!

Just popping in right now, but I'll be back later today to take a longer look and add more comments.
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