Hi all, I've been working on this little painting for several days now. I can tell you with certainty that not having proper lighting is not only a huge drawback, but makes or breaks a painting. That said, slowly I will get a 'studio' together.
There's still a lot of work to do on this painting. This is my 2nd painting since finding this forum and Mark's techniques. To say I feel clumsy at this is an understatement.
Three things: my painting has a 'waxy' feeling to it. I just started using safflower oil. Is this why or is it because I've been overworking the paint (I've re-done the skin multiple times)? will I ever be able to paint 'real looking' skin? does anyone have any suggestions on how to paint noses?
So I am including a copy of the painting as it is right now (I have only blocked out the hair and the neck). The photo of origin is below. It is one of the twins that were featured in a National Geographic years ago. The twin I painted is Marta (they are different). Marta is the twin on the viewer's left side.
I appreciate any feedback (gentle... I almost gave up on this and painting altogether with this one!)
Much gratitude to all of you and this forum.