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I start my day out painting on my portraits. I’m working on 3 right now. I paint in thin layers so each painting has to dry for a day or 2 between layers. Often I can work on one of them every day though just on different parts. Portrait painting is very difficult and tiring. I make abstract pictures too because that is a chance to play and relax.  I found out that I also like to work in layers with these paintings so I always have at least 3 of them going at a time as well. I an very thrifty so I use the extra paint that I mixed for my portraits in the abstract pictures. These two used the same colors as the portrait with the addition of purple so all three kind of harmonize with each other.

I wanted to paint this portrait because I really like the chiaroscuro effect of strong light and shadow. It is lit in a similar way to the Bouguereau girl I did for my class. However this picture was a much greater challenge. I think it’s because I had to make all the decisions myself instead of having the choices already made by the original artist. With this painting of course the original artist is me!

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I can’t believe I got 3 pictures done within a week. I hope it doesn’t take as long to get the next ones finished.


Abstract Art


Last week Rick and I got a sheet of 1/4″ untempered hardboard because I want to use it for my next class assignment instead of painting on unstretched canvas as I have been doing. We cut up a few pieces to the sizes I want and I made this little painting from one of the scraps. I have 3 more little scraps that I am going to paint as a set with this one and mount them together. I now got the bug to keep doing more stuff like this in addition to the portraits I am working on. It’s fun and relaxing for me and I figure all the miles I put on my brush count. I love exploring the effects I can get and of course I can’t play around with paint that way while working on a meticulously executed portrait. I think I will probably be painting on hardboard from now on. I really like the smoother texture and it’s so easy to do my preliminary sketch right on the board itself.

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