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    It is now official - I LOVE drawing with charcoal pencils on smooth newsprint!!!

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    Tried today's study in alkyd paint on canvas - gahh!!!

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    What an insane roller coaster of frustration and elation! Sometimes the paint is a terrible goopy mess that you can't do anything with, sometimes you manage to push it around and make it look real nice (for a little while). Guess I'll get better if I stick with it. Anyway, I'm happy I discovered walnut oil brush cleaner and painting medium - no solvents to breathe in the studio now!
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    Set up a little still life and tried a wash-in in burnt umber. Was having a fairly hard time, until after I thought I was done and I grabbed a little torn-off and folded-up piece of rag and started scrubbing the paint around. That's when I started to understand -- this is when you get control. At first you're just putting the paint down in generally the right places. After it's been sitting for a little while you can move it around beautifully - scrub it out, refine edges..

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    Not much to look at now, but it represents a quantum breakthrough for me, and if I keep doing it I'll oily get better. Lol, nice typo there! Oh, and I used walnut medium in the paint.

    The last thing I did was to scrub out all the brush-heads and re-paint them a good deal higher, which they needed. It's now the best part, and I did it differently fro the rest - by that point I understood you can make a rough brush stroke, dark all over, to represent a brush-head, then scrub part of it out to make it light and give it form. So THAT'S how you do that!! Haha - it's so awesome, it almost feels like a cheat!!
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    Went back to work on it, knowing what I now know.

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    Still working it..

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    Last night's final progress

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    Glazing today. Had to scrub out my initial efforts and try again, with a lot more medium/oil, and after mixing up some more neutralized versions of my colors.

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    You've been busy, nice work!

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    keep up the great work--especially the figure studies!
    and applying them to imaginative work =D

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    Pindurski & Muttdreams - thanks!! You're right Muttdreams, it's been a while since I did anything from imagination - it's been a lot of studies lately. Need to remedy that soon! Meanwhile - more studies

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    Reilly basic structure of the figure. Oops - forgot to add the sloping shoulder lines in the rear view. Drawing like tis is gonna take some getting used to..
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    Cracking sketchbook Mike. Love the charcoal figures on newsprint and the still life is coming along great. A traditional Frazetta study what can I say, respect my man! Keep it up and if I can help with anything, don't hesitate to ask.

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    Hey Bri, thanks!! I definitely will ask if I get stuck on some point. So far I'm progressing in oil painting using books by Harold Speed, Solomon J Solomon, and The Reilly Method, which are all basically the same approach, a distillation of certain traditional oil painting methods long taught to students. Forget that vase painting, I went straight from an underpainting to glazing - taking too long!! I'm switching to direct painting with solid color like they recommend in the books, and I'm adding a drop of clove oil to the colors on my palette, which is supposed to keep them wet for up to a week, maybe more. Stinks like a dentist's office though.

    Here's the sketch for the painting exercise I'm about to start:

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    I really like this one - working more with tone than line, and after a pretty lopsided 1st attempt I switched to drawing structurally rather than trying to put down the contour. Being on this site is really making me start to think like a painter.
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    At this point I thought my lightest color was waaay too dark..

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    Until I got some actual dark around it!
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    Final progress for today:

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    I'm definitely doing something wrong - the paint shouldn't act this way. I think it's because I used some really old oil paint that was stiff as hell and thinned it with nothing but walnut oil. It ended up like a thick gel, and whenever I'd put some on I'd have to spend 10 minutes carefully lifting off most of it because it was too - I don't know - wet, thick, something. It was leaving thick ridges from the brush bristles. I probably did a lot more work scrubbing with rags and brushes than actually painting. And even though halfway through I realized the light values are too light and put in some darker paint over it, they're STILL way too light.

    And my shoulders are sore as hell from holding the brush out in front of me all day - somehow it hurts both shoulders even though I only used one.

    But I consider it a good day spent painting. More mistakes down, closer to knowing how to do this right. And I really do like the way it's starting to look.
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