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Old 10-04-2011, 01:39 PM
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Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

Hi everyone, I have never really posted anything here except for the required 2 posts before uploading an image. However I have found this to be a very informative and lively forum.

Below is a painting I did a couple of months ago in an attempt to have a dialogue with the old masters.

Since I don't paint in oils a lot of adjustments had to be made to paint in acrylics.
I did learn quite a lot from this one. Mainly to next time smooth out the canvas with some kind of medium to give it a surface with less weave.

taking a photo with this method is not an easy task.
The camera seems to go right thru some of the glazing.

I also want to build up more texture in the skin tones.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 10-04-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

If I'd painted this, I'd open a bottle of champagne !
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

ditto!
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:15 PM
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thanks you guys for your comments.
I am really liking this forum. so much talent and good info.
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:10 PM
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

I really love this painting.

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:21 PM
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Outstanding! I love it so much!
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If I'd painted this, I'd open a bottle of champagne !

Me too!!! Your painting is breathtaking.
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Yes, you have really captured something there ..
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I like what you did with the shadows it enhances the image of the monk. It perfectly conveys the monks deepest thoughts. I love it!
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:04 PM
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I will be posting a couple of new ones soon as soon as I can get some good pics.

This new approach for me is really challenging.

Thanks everyone for your kind remarks.
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

this is brilliant..i want to be able to do this.

you used acrylics? my problem is getting the colours right

what pigment did you use for the glazes?

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Old 01-17-2012, 11:54 PM
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

Thanks Bee,
Yes, I did use acrylics.
Getting the right color is always an issue for me also.
But I concentrate on getting values close to where I want them first.
I started out with a charcoal value drawing then sealed it.

I used Golden pigments but also used a retarder to keep the color
from drying to fast. This gave me some wiggle room an acted as a medium
to float the color in.

I treated most of the painting in glazes, transparent darks, but used
zinc white with the glaze to give it a transluent feel. in light areas of the skin.

Of course the lightest skin area are more opaque yellow ochre, burnt sienna and zinc white, then lightly glazed some red over that.

the greenish skin areas are really just a light glaze of yellow ochre over the
charcoal.

Unfortunately, the red of the robe really ballooned in the pic.
The red lays down nicely over the burnt umber underpainting.

I did post a painting of an Old Philosopher trying for a Rembrandt effect.
However in the recent problem here at WC it got deleted.

That one I really built up some crust with acrylic gel medium and glazed over
that.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:57 PM
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

Thanks for the info re: your method of painting this piece....It is very impressive and encouraging for those who use acrylics..wondering how you worked the background...terry
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:42 PM
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

Yea the background is a mars black and ultramarine blue built up in glazes which allowed me to eventually use a thin glaze to faded it in to the hat and
the bottom are of the robe.
Of course there was some experimenting along the way.
Guess that keeps it fresher however it felt dangerous.
Getting the blend in the hat got a little tricky.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:40 PM
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Re: Timbetan Monk in chiaroscuro

Well I got to hand it to your good!

This is only a personal preference:
Even though this conveys an emotional mood; a sense of focused contemplation, I feel it lacks in anything more than that.
Something as simple as a inscent burning or a mudra would further the story yet still give it an overall serene image.
No matter how well a portrait is painted, unless it has a story - it is boring.
Portraits to me seem more like an exercise in learning how to paint rather than what a painting should be about. Take the mona lisa for example; there is sacred geometry encoded so that underneath the facade is a deep message.

What do you think?
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