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Old 01-18-2004, 11:26 AM
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Re: WIP: A Figure Study in Oil

This was a great WIP to watch!!
I do not have enough experience other than to say that I like It!!
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Old 01-18-2004, 12:13 PM
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Absolutely amazing...
Is her ear a little too 'grey'?

I think you're right. I admit to having difficulty seeing more subtle hues, and this isn't even that subtle. Hmm. Seems I'll have to re-visit that $#X!% ear!

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How's this?

This is the third time I've painted this ear! It's driving me mad, but I think I've made it acceptable. (At least my wife says I've defeated the greyishness. (Note, the cast shadow behind her ear, onto her neck, remains greenish-grey on purpose. I want to keep it this way. It's reads pretty flat right now because the pigment has sunken in. It'll rise again once I varnish.)

I'm not doing this ear again! This painting is finished!

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(Oh yeah, you might also notice that I greatly diminished the background from her forehead to chin. It was just too bright before, almost as bright as the area beneath her chin. I think it works better now.)
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This is the third time I've painted this ear! It's driving me mad, but I think I've made it acceptable. (At least my wife says I've defeated the greyishness. (Note, the cast shadow behind her ear, onto her neck, remains greenish-grey on purpose. I want to keep it this way. It's reads pretty flat right now because the pigment has sunken in. It'll rise again once I varnish.)

I'm not doing this ear again! This painting is finished!
I hear that! FWIW in my experience, ears have some of the strongest warm notes in a face.
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Excellent save on the ear Dave! This is really becoming a masterpiece. And for those of you that don't know, the profile is the toughest head shot to pull off. Great work!

Dave, I know its finished but you may want to look at these two areas: the hair and the background behind her profile. The hair still looks a bit too rigid; some judicious softening between the hair shafts could really make the difference in a spectacular work. The lightening of the background around her head is a great device to draw the viewers eye there but it could be even greater if you could darken the area directly behind her profile while keeping the contrast between that and the rest of the darker background.
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The hair still looks a bit too rigid; some judicious softening between the hair shafts could really make the difference in a spectacular work. The lightening of the background around her head is a great device to draw the viewers eye there but it could be even greater if you could darken the area directly behind her profile while keeping the contrast between that and the rest of the darker background.

Thanks for the input, Dana. I know what you mean about the "sharpness" of the blades of hair, that it has a bit of a plastic quality to it. I think I'm going to live with the piece a while before I consider any more tuning. I kinda like the few harsher brushstrokes left in her hair. I don't want all edges to be too homogenous. If this were an actual "portrait" I'd be more inclined to follow your lead. I think I may diminish the other halo-highlights around her head as you've pointed out though.

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I think I'm going to live with the piece a while before I consider any more tuning. I kinda like the few harsher brushstrokes left in her hair. I don't want all edges to be too homogenous. If this were an actual "portrait" I'd be more inclined to follow your lead.

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The portrait painter in me coming out. This is a stupendous work nonetheless. I'd be hesitant before adding any brushstrokes too.
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This is an amazing piece in action!!
Thanks so much for that!!
It's so real!...and you questioning yourself what has gone wrong in the painting is a plus!
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Great painting, I've thoroughly enjoyed watching you bring the whole thing together-well done----Alan
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That was a great ride! Thanks for taking us along. Wonderful piece!
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That was a great ride! Thanks for taking us along. Wonderful piece!
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Exercise you say? Then I must start believing in "practise makes perfect"...!!

A masterpiece it is. Leaves me breathless.

Thanks for sharing it!
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Old 01-24-2004, 03:03 PM
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Arrow Coming soon ...

Thanks for the kind words all!

For those that enjoyed this piece, I will shortly be starting another figure painting, more formalized in both composition and presentation. This next one will not be a "study".

I will call it "Ascendance". Come join me again.

Rgds,
Dave

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I am one of the unfortunates who still uses "dial-up" to connect to the web. I just don't care enough about the internet to invest in high-speed. I've read quite a few remarks today about the current slowness of the site, and that it will only be temporary. Hope so! With positively NO exaggeration, this little post here easily just took me 20 times longer to complete than before the upgrade; maybe more! If the speed I used to enjoy doesn't come back, I'll be forced to bid a reluctant and fond farewell to WetCanvas.
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This painting is just beautiful.
I like everyone else here, would hate for us to lose your fine example, paintings, and instruction. Is there another forum out there? I do hope that should you find it necessary ... you would tell us where we can find you and your wonderful work?
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Re: WIP: A Figure Study in Oil

Dave's still here

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174725

The site has speeded up considerably since Dave (and the rest of us dial up users) had our our speed issues.
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