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Old 08-04-2007, 12:22 PM
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Oh my goodness! I think I hear music coming out of that accordion!
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:34 PM
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Looking great Aldo. Did you ask her to sit for the main painting or have you got an oil sketch/preliminary drawings and can you show us them? Are you working from sketches and photos? Thanks for sharing, Matthew

This was from some photos that I took,it was one of those chance moments.
I tried to treat it the same as I would have from life.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:54 PM
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Not easy working from a photo ref with its flatness of colors. The loose strokes and simple background make this figure look lively. Wonderful piece of work!
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I am saving this one to my favourites!!! It really has impressed me . I love your style very much, excellent!!!!

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Aldo, thankyou for posting this, it is so helpful to see your progression. Wonderful spiritful work. I could never see any problem with the hands that you were mentioning...to me they are perfect, perhaps your trained eye is just that bit more critical...You have a lovely fresh portrait here, I am especially paying close attention to how you give such attention to edges...very key.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:37 AM
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I'm very impressed by the spontaniety. One day I hope I can grow to this level of confidence.
One thing I have noticed and I'm sure others will agree-errors are more noticable to the artist (who's doing the painting), once they're posted here on the website. For some reason something I have missed on canvas, stares at you in the face on a webpage. This is despite turning it upside down, looking at it in a mirro and all the other checks and artist can do-Thank God for WETCANVAS!
Many thanks for the generous contribution you have given here. Keep up the great work. A+
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Thankyou for your comments,Cirrus0007 and SallyC.

I don't think the hand was so obvious on the image posted, although it was about a cm too wide at one stage.But I had corrected it at stage 6.

Sometimes it is not easy to see errors in a painting straight away,I use the mirror trick,even then I can spot something a week later after not having noticed before.
I believe your eye definitely improves with practice.

As for Edges they are underestimated in importance and one of the last things I took on board. It is one of the techniques that make hair look soft,
particularly with hair lying on or near the face.

Edges are quite easy to attain in oils and pastels,a little harder in watercolour and acrylic because of the drying time.
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Thanks for showing us your steps Aldo. Your painting are wonderful. I bet a lot of your new fans will be getting out their books on how to draw (and paint?) hands. I love how hands can add to the character of a person.
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I am very flattered by the response,if it helps anyone it would be great.I had very little help myself, there was a lack of workshops in London, unlike the U.S. where they have some very talented artists passing on their knowledge.
It would have been an enormous help back then.
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

I realy like this style, I kinda liked it better at stage 8 when all the detail of the buttons and hands were more lacking detail. now with all the buttons and such so sharp my eyes are wandering all over the place. not to discount the very good rendering but am more of a fan pulling the viewer to an area and let more of the rest bleed off detail as you move away, I think with the background you made, personaly liked it more at stage 8.5 ... but agree the hands and fingers in thier flexions are realy good...

again realy cool style I like very much
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Beautiful, beautiful piece of work, thank you for sharing!

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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

when painting the face or the hand, did u finish it in just one sitting while the paints were still wet or wait till the part of it was dry then add more details. because i find the paints becoming muddy and the colors become mixed with other paints on canvas when i try to paint in one sitting.......
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Goodness, I've read this link several times and looked at the painting. I think I hear accordian music! -wonderful work
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Thank you Aldo, Your work is priceless, you are a magician
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Thanks for doing this! It looks marvellous.
I thought it amusing when you wrote you were not sure how to keep the focus on the face when you had to paint all those darn buttons. I thought 'quite!!, how are you going to solve this one!' I recognize the dilemma very much. But you pulled if off brilliantly. I imagine it is because of the muted colours on the buttons and the lack of strong contrast. Hat off to you, sir!
Love the finish - the red skirt pulls the thing together brilliantly.

Great to see it happening here. Thanks for posting this - am learning loads.
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