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  • Re: WIP - DMP #5 portrait

    My lastest paintings lol . Not in oils FYI.... haha. I love summer and this is for my backyard oasis.
  • Mona Lisa

    So I wanted to share this with you all because as artist I know you will appreciate it. Ed Salazar is a fine art artist who painted biblical themed art for free and donated his works for 22 years to be published to help readers picture bible accounts. He did this anonymously throughout that time. 

    He he is a master painter, I love his insights  on old masters and thought his comments on the Mona Lisa worth sharing....

    He is a humble person, I have asked many questions to other artist on instagram but usually I never get a response. He always responds and I have never met him personally, I love that.

    here he is with portrait of his wife and one of his commissioned pieces. 

    Hope you enjoy and find the thoughts about Mona Lisa as interesting as I did. ( He posts other old masters as well and interestingly enough his comments are similar to what Marks says )
  • Re: WIP - DMP #5 portrait

    Little further on it, truthfully I haven't spent much time painting lately just been swimming everyday in the pool with the kids lol. My Geneva paints where left on my palet since May 21st and I just picked up the dirty dipped brush wiped it and started to use whatever wasn't dry didn't need to add anything else, I did oil out the canvas since that was dry to the touch, but glad nothing else was wasted.
  • Re: Birds, bugs... Resources?

    Get a good reference photo of the bird, bug, or animal... put together what you want in your still life, next do some pre sketches in about four rectangles (at least) to see how the composition will look for the completed painting... keep at this till you are satisfied with the lay out you want to paint.... getting lighting right for the things in your painting when you include the reference items, then do a small practice painting of your final choice before you tackle the real painting you want to is a lot of steps and work but the pay off can be a really beautiful painting.... full disclosure I have not done this myself but I have seen this done by other artists and it works for them. I don't know that I have the patience to paint that way.

    or do the other suggestions above. And there are many copyright free photos for references on websites like paint my photo, pixabay, and graphic stock
  • Finally understanding value

    So for me understanding value is a major obstacle to painting.... I just can't see it... and I know it's the main thing. I can draw easily in black and white it's when color is added I have the problem and I can paint subjects but getting it to all fall into place has been a challenge soooo I'm "cheating" But don't really care as long as I can finally have it click in my brain..... and it makes more sense to me now and I can immediately pick up on what I have done wrong and where.

    I have decided to take side by side photos that are in color and on my iPhone change it to tonal setting (maybe you already do this with your photoshop and gimp but I haven't, and don't even use those)

    as follows are #4 &#5 paintings and suddenly it all makes sense when everyone says pay attention to your values lol

    So so now I can see exactly what needs to be darker/lighter and where. 

    Do do you think this will help or hinder progress in DMP?