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Old 02-08-2020, 07:21 PM
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Final Exam - Flapper #2

I consider this my final exam - 24" x 30".

As some know I couldn't even paint a stick figure a year or so ago but with the help of a lot of YouTube vids I slowly learned to paint images like this.

My mind broke free from it's "painting struggle" during the last piece but once it did I could easily "see" colors and how to paint them. So after finishing the last one I wanted to take what I learned over the last year and jump right in to see if I can create a painting I actually like and do it without fighting it.
I love this one.

One major goal with this one was to not spend so much time fussing over fine details where it didn't matter but to be efficient in adding details where I felt it did matter. I have about 23 hours in this one and it looks great.

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Holy Smokes......That surely looks great to ME !
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Absolutely marvelous. From stick figure to this in a year or so. What an accomplishment.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:14 AM
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Superb! Love it too..
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Wow.
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Re: Final Exam - Flapper #2

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I have about 23 hours in this one
Don't say that. I spend weeks staring morosely at the canvas
Seriously, good work !!!


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Old 02-09-2020, 02:02 PM
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Re: Final Exam - Flapper #2

This is painting #7. The last one (painting #6) took about 120-140hrs which is normal but my mind broke "free" during that one and now I see colors and shapes I never saw before...like when Neo sees the matrix for the first time.... it's an amazing feeling.

Thanks All!
Already looking for #8 to start on.

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Re: Final Exam - Flapper #2

Wow you came a long way for just painting for one year. Looks like you worked hard at educating yourself to paint, I mean this portrait couldn't look any better. I like how you paid careful attention to the most minute detail, like the metallic textures on the clothes as well as that tiara thing in her hair. Seeing portraits like these keeps me inspired to keep painting, as well as push myself to the next level too. I like how you got her expression too, it kind of leaves room for the imagination and makes me wonder what's she thinking. Thanks for sharing and helping me stay motivated to keep my skills sharp!
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:40 PM
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Wow you came a long way for just painting for one year. Looks like you worked hard at educating yourself to paint, I mean this portrait couldn't look any better. I like how you paid careful attention to the most minute detail, like the metallic textures on the clothes as well as that tiara thing in her hair. Seeing portraits like these keeps me inspired to keep painting, as well as push myself to the next level too. I like how you got her expression too, it kind of leaves room for the imagination and makes me wonder what's she thinking. Thanks for sharing and helping me stay motivated to keep my skills sharp!


Thank you! I'm glad the image is well received.

Yea, the amount of time I put into researching and watching videos was/is insane. I knew that if I kept at it with a vengeance it would come to me and it did. With each piece I was getting better and better. I even told a buddy that within the next three pieces I would have it down and I did.

Keep at it and stay focused! With each piece try to have a plan on what you want to paint better and don't be afraid to wipe the canvas clean and start over on it. A lot of times I can paint something then fix it later but sometimes I just KNOW it's not right so I wipe it clean off the canvas. It's like wiping a distraction away which helps me mentally move forward.

There are a lot of vids out and with enough research you can probably find something that helps you move forward so learn as much as you can.


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Seriously nice painting Kevin - from learner to legend in next to no time.
I hope an epiphany moment visits me one of these days.
Was wondering if you ever got around to using that retouch varnish or similar isolation layer between coats of paint?
Whatever your technique, it's working well and the end result is quite impressive
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:51 AM
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Re: Final Exam - Flapper #2

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Seriously nice painting Kevin - from learner to legend in next to no time.
I hope an epiphany moment visits me one of these days.
Was wondering if you ever got around to using that retouch varnish or similar isolation layer between coats of paint?
Whatever your technique, it's working well and the end result is quite impressive


Thank You! I feel like I can breath easier now.

I tried the retouch varnish once on a painting that was dried for two weeks but the varnish started dissolving the paint on the canvas in a few areas. After that issue I never went back to it. I do use a spray version to protect my sketch, tho.

One thing that I have done that has helped is I still have some of the Bob Ross liquid clear and I use that on top of layers that have dried for a few days. This has allowed me to blend colors smoothly but also allows me to wipe my mistakes off right away without damaging the under painting. I use a paper towel with OMS to wipe it off. The key is to realize right away that it needs to come off so I can start over. I place a dab of liquid clear on the canvas with my finger then smear it around the area I will be working on then paper towel off as much as I can. I'm sure walnut oil or similar will work too I just happened to have liquid clear laying around.

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Thanks for the info Kevin. Will investigate that and experiment some.
Look forward to viewing your next creation.
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Looks good. Quite a striking image. Your study has paid off.
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It's a very good image. The attention to detail is impressive and translates well
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Nice work!
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