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    Sunday Portrait

    Insert: The finished piece is posted here.

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    Okay, I'm hanging myself.

    Here's where I am at 12:30pm Sunday, March 21, 2004.

    Sunday Portrait

    11 x 14 (US inches), blank, stretched, acrylic primed, Classens Belgium linen #166. ready to paint.

    I will be doing a commissioned portrait, and will post pictures here at every hour, or every major new step.

    If I don't finish today, it'll have to wait until I get back from being ut of town. We're leaving at 4:00am Monday and returning Thursday.

    --David
    Last edited by drdarrow; September 16th, 2007 at 11:45 AM. Reason: misspelling: "Belgium"
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    Oops, not ready to paint!

    I haven't squeezed out my paints yet...

    Sunday Portrait

    But the drawing is done... I have to re-shoot it. It was shake-blurred. Back in a few minutes.
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    The Charcoal Sketch

    Here's the sketch. 1:06PM

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    Start Painting!

    It takes forever, it seems, to start a painting.

    I finally get my glass palette cleaned with Windex, and lay out my paints. Most of the colors are MGraham walnut oils—pigments mixed with walnut oil. The other colors are Winsor-Newton. My Medium is only MGraham Walnut Alkyd.

    Sunday Portrait

    I can't find my usual "value finder" so I make a new one. I look through the hole to compare values and hues and compare them to the neutral gray of the card.

    I use White, Payne's Gray, Ult. Marine Blue, and Burnt Umber to make a nice neutral gray. (Sorry about the car grease under the thumbnail... I replaced a brake cylinder on my car yesterday, and I can't get that out!)

    Sunday Portrait

    And finally at 1:37pm, I begin to paint. 10 minutes later I stop and shoot this photo.

    Sunday Portrait
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    Awesome thread! Keep it updated with LOTS of pics. WE can learn alot from this!
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    Changing colors

    I realize I am getting distracted by color, and it's critical to get the values right. So I start graying everything down, and concentrating on value. 2:25pm

    Sunday Portrait

    I am also losing my drawing, so the shapes of my values are equaly critical. It's beginning to be like building an abstract, jointless jigsaw puzzle.
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    Lunch Break

    My wife showed up with two Carl's Jr. Low Carb "Six Dollar Burgers"—the ones with lettuce replacing the buns, so I break here, at 2:56pm.

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    Now it's back to painting at 3:16pm.
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    Well, some other things came up, and I didn't get back to painting until 10 or 15 minutes later, here's where I was when I snapped the shot at 4:00pm

    Sunday Portrait

    I lay in some darks (hair) and get a bit done in her eyes and nose... I'm honing in on those, but will leave ALL details until the end.

    With my values more established, I can now adjust color, as long as I am reserved with my intensities— making sure any color I place is the same value as the area I am putting it in. I also go more gray as the form turns away from me, and reserve intensity for planes that are facing me, in the midtones.

    I keep soft edges everywhere on purpose.

    I gray-down every color that comes out of the tube[s].

    I will sharpen up only those places/edges that need it for "focus" later.
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    Oops!

    <sigh>

    I reached up to move my maul stick and accidentally dragged my brush through the eye.

    Setbacks are frustrating.

    So laugh them off.

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    5:15pm

    Fixed the eye and started painting more of the bigger stuff.

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    7:30pm

    No, I have not just been painting all day. Had dinner and did a little tidying, and whatnot... but were's where I am at.

    Dunno if I'll be able to do a lot more tonight. I'd kinda like for the paint to set up a little... Walnut oil—even Walnut Alkyd—makes it dry slower than linseed, so it's all pretty fresh still, 7 hours later.

    Still, there's the hand I could paint.

    But I also need to pack for my trip.

    Sunday Portrait

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    To jump to the finished piece, skipping a month's worth of chit-chat postings, click here.
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    I forgot to mention:

    I wash my brushes in Canola Oil to flood the paint out, and wipe them hard with a terrycloth rag until the fibers are clean.

    I mix Walnut Alkyd in my tube paints, though, for the most part, MGraham Walnut based oil paints are pretty buttery as-is.

    At the end of the day, I'll give all my brushes a thorough Canola Oil "Squeeze Bath" and then wash them out at the kitchen sink in Dawn and let them dry before using them again.

    It's the safest way I know of to paint. All natural.

    Be careful if you try washing brushes with Canola. You don't want to leave 'loose oil' in the bristles when you paint because it's not a drying oil. A little on the fibers is okay, hoever, and doesn't prevent the paint you mix from drying.
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