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Old 03-23-2019, 01:26 PM
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Four Robert Henri master studies

Hello, friends. Here are a few studies of Henri portraits in casein—some colors are tubed, others are manufactured from gouache and casein medium.







I modified that one to be a bit more wizardly, since the character reminded me of that. Part of the fun of doing master studies is when you feel safe to improvise. Also made the background considerably brighter on this one (and on the first).



I like that last one, though I may go back and dull that cheek down a bit. Crits welcome and thanks for gandering!
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These are great!
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Re: Four Robert Henri master studies

I think these are really good and attractive. You labeled these as studies. You have great control of he medium; I assume you could do final works as well. For me it would be an interesting alternative to oils or?? Gary
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Re: Four Robert Henri master studies

Wow, these are nice! That cheek bothers me, but other than that, I like these a lot. And I'm glad that you mentioned mixing gouache and casein emulsion; it's good to see that being done in such good work for those of us wondering about that very thing.
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Re: Four Robert Henri master studies

These are so colorful and well done. Will you go on to do some finished portraits? You should!

The cheek in last one bothers me also as it looks somewhat like a growth or something. The circle above the viewer's left ear is also a bit distracting but that could be a hair ornament so not as important.

Those are small tweaks though and all of the portraits could stand on their own as is.

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Re: Four Robert Henri master studies

Thanks all for the kind and helpful posts!

Gary, I have started thinking of casein as an alternative to oils... they’re so immediate, but (for me) so much nicer to work with than gouache. Though, I’ve begun a new technique now that I like quite a lot so far, which is using gouache for darks and casein for lights. I have to do a few more to get a better feel for it, but it seems promising.

Lamar, I recall the casein from gouache thing came up in a recent thread here, which is probably why I thought to mention it.

AbA, that circle (if I'm interpreting correctly) is supposed to be the back of the model’s head... Henri did a better job with it than I did!

I will definitely tone down that cheek before waxing.
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Re: Four Robert Henri master studies

I quite like them. Your visible strokes add a nice and unique touch to the portraits.
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Thank you much!
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I will definitely tone down that cheek before waxing.

So, you'll be using wax as a varnish? How long will you let the painting dry before you apply wax?
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So, you'll be using wax as a varnish? How long will you let the painting dry before you apply wax?
Hm. Now that you mention it I have no idea. I already waxed the wizard guy and it turned out well enough, but these have been sitting around for a while already. If I paint on the old model again, how long should I wait to varnish? Dunno. Any suggestions?
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