models!

So delighted and humbled by generous friends who have donated their time to be a model for me, as I learn to paint. Four! Four! friends have come in. I finally got smart and asked my fourth friend for permission to include his work-in-progress in this blog and he generously agreed.

I’m trying for a balance of likeness and a modern approach to detailing the planes of each face with color. Trying/learning are important words here!

Progress on Model # 4 – I cannot get the photos in the order I want! Top is most recent, middle is first pass, bottom was second. Make sense?

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first pass

etch-a-sketch

At my painting class, I’m experimenting with oil paint additives like stand oil and wax! I’m able to try things out, then scrape down the whole experiment and start over – like an etch-a-sketch! Two experiments from today, before they disappeared!

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final

ok! I think this is it – but I’m going to check in daylight for the colors. I was way off, then mixed the color with a real person – put the paint on their skin (so nice to have a willing partner). So it looks “wrong” to me this evening, but also much better than the chalky colors I was mixing before. Whew!

It’s hard to get the camera to capture the color, too! So this is a whole second effort (see earlier posts) and I’m glad I did it.

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