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Old 12-31-2019, 09:41 PM
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Head Study

I am in the process of getting a feel for oil paints. So many people say that oil paints are so easy and forgiving. I just seem to make a gloppy mess with them. I am hoping that just painting as much and as often as possible will help me learn how to deal with it. So, here is a study. Florent Farges said to do monochromatic studies while getting used to oils, so I am trying. I must say that it is helping quite a bit with the values. If anyone saw my "first oil portrait", you will see what I mean. LOL! Also, something that I did with this one that I did not do with that first one was that I drew the picture on the canvas with a pencil before putting paint on. That first one was "drawn" with paint. Not a good idea for my first...

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I think it is very good! The angle of the head must be difficult to paint, but you have done a good job of that also.
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Thanks, Joan.
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You certainly seem to be using the paint in a painterly way.
The modelling looks OK but perhaps there’s too much shadow on the neck, the forward curvature you would expect isn’t there. The very hard line of the back of the head and the bottom of the ear look odd too.
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Thank you, Harry. I actually slop the paint on. LOL! I can't figure out how to use it.
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Re: Head Study

Good job! Oils are probably the most sensitive of mediums- their viscosity (thickness for flow) can take lots of getting used to. I work to control that by using less thinner/mediums (gets too slippery) and more paint.
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Thanks, Ken. I think I will try to use more paint, also.
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If you set out to put more paint on canvas than you need, it will end up to be just about enough. This gives you a base for blending and working with-
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