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  • 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: 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
  • Re: WIP-update calling it finished DMP#3

    @rautchetan I hate to admit this but I just winged it....impossible to color check on iPhone. I just tried to go for close and started each part with darkest color I could see. Zooming in on the reference and trying to just see the color and shapes.
  • Re: Some of my impressionistic paintings that I did over the years

    @kaustav  you say David Mark and Martin can all be recognized just by their work... Well my friend you have reached that level... I was on Instagram in the search section under a hashtag scrolling through a multitude of paintings when I spotted one of yours and instantly knew your work!!!! 

    Clicked on it and sure enough it was you... If that doesn't tell you something I don't know what will, because you are a great artist.  :3
  • Re: Two Small Landscape WIP's

    I like them and I think you are very talented at this type of painting. I am not sure you realize this but your paintings look like photographs, they are not simple paintings by any stretch of the leg. What you are able achieve in a small space is not easy for most of us. As to which one I like better hard to say I like the bottom because it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest but I love the top one, there is just something so nice about it and I can't put my finger on what it is exactly.