You're really hitting a stride. You're gaining great control of the brush, colors, values, and showing a really strong mental organization and problem solving. It's really exciting to think about where you can take it! Keep up the good work!
I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.
Art is my oxygen.
Sony- Yeah, I really should get back to doing watercolors again. Maybe I'll break them out at my next life drawing session. Thanks for the comment!
Mane- Wow... I guess I've never thought about doing a video demo. I feel like most of the time painting is such a struggle for me that I never thought anyone one would get much out of watching me paint. But lately I've had more people interested in me doing something like that. So I guess I should put more thought into it.
MatejaPetkovic- I'll definitely think about.
Jetpack42- Thanks I appreciate that! You have some serious drawing skills! I enjoy looking at your thread.
Eva K- Thanks!
2Tone- I don't know about that. But thank you!
The portrait is a 1 hour oil sketch painted from life. And the other one is about an 8 hour oil painting.
Thank for all your wonderful comments!
Nice painting. I like the portrait of Erin very much.
In august you did a study of the back of a woman you used just a little line it was delicate and expressive. It counterpoints your beautiful masses. You might start playing with integrating some of that into your work. It's nice to see so much work.
mburrell- Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. And thanks for the suggestion.
Two more quick sketches. Lately I've been doing these quick sketches in the evenings trying to work out different painting problems I'm struggling with. Usually it revolves around the basics. Drawing, value, color and edges. Things we all struggle with. Or at least I do.
Hey Matt just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed looking at your beautiful paintings and drawings. It's hard to pick one out when they are all of such a high standard but I think the painting of your friend Erin is my absolute favourite.
You really make me want to learn how to paint this well. Five stars from me.
Kvenh- Hey thanks! I appreciate the kind words!
Marian Rowling- Thank you! I got lucky with that one of Erin. Usually they don't work out.
Sorry, not much of an update... I'll try to do better next time. This painting was done from life. About a 2.5 hour pose. The model is Jessie.
Thanks for the comments everyone!!
be concious of your color use! but i love the kitten!
ThumbprintGallery- I use color more as a way to get some rhythm and interest going while I paint. It works for me. But I understand some people find it off putting. These sketches are just me playing around. I appreciate your comment.
Another 1 hour head sketch.
Hey Matt this last portrait is just beautiful. Really feels like you have just caught a stolen moment. It feels so fresh and alive. Can I ask how you prepare your canvas and what palette you used pleased. I'm very keen to learn all I can from artist's admire as I so want to be able to do this myself one day!
Marian - my palette consists of titanium white, permanent yellow light, permanent yellow deep, yellow ocher, permanent orange, terra rosa, cadmium red light, viridian, ultramarine blue deep, alizarin crimson. Sometimes I'll also use permanent green light. I work on canvas mounted to a masonite panel with miracle muck glue. I like working on a white canvas but this last painting was done on a canvas toned with burnt umber.
I hope that helps.
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