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oilpainter1950 -

I have been painting for many years. I have never been able to accomplish what I wanted in a oil painting. With Mark's method I have finally completed paintings that I am satisfied with. They are never exactly what I would like them to be, but I think that is what propels an artist to push forward to improve their skills. Continual practice is one of the main components of success with technical and aesthetic skill and I have tried to do this recently. I have got to learn how to post paintings, and hope to have some posted in the near future.


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  • christinez
    I was wondering about that. I have made a shadow box and a color checker, so I think I will try to paint the pairs from life first. I do think, though, that I will photograph the set up and then have it enlarged and try it that way. I've looked at some of what Mark says about painting from a photo. I think he advises enlarging the photo to the size you want it to be when you paint it. Is that what you do? Where do you have it enlarged, online or at a store? I have an old camera and my phone to take photos with and I suppose either will work.
    Thank you for your encouragement.

    February 15
    • oilpainter1950
      @christinez I did use enlarged photos to start with. It taught me to "see" color and mix my paint more quickly. I am painting a plethora of pears at the moment. You need to do what you feel comfortable with. The more you paint the better you will paint.