I didn't intentionally make the background so close to the skin tones. That sounds ridiculous since I mixed the paint. What I mean is the light, airy feeling of the subject dictated how I thought the background should look. Mixed it up, brushed it on, stepped back and there you have it!
This oil painting paper is so fascinating! The paint responds totally different than anything I've ever painted on. I've been tempted to stop using because it challenges me in ways I'm not sure I want to deal with. However, the results are so interesting that I'm going to stay with it.
Something went terribly wrong when I was working on this. When I stepped back to look all the proportions were off. I grabbed a brush and started literally pushing paint around. The final outcome is much rougher than I usually paint but I love it!
Everyone must be tired of my photography gripes but here we go again! The value changes between the foreground and background are so much more dramatic in the actual painting. Sure can't tell it from this!
This poor painting has been in the photo box no less than 4 times. My camera (or myself) can not capture the glow of the original. When you see it in person it looks like the central areas of the face are emerging from the surface
I recently discovered that Arches, the famous paper company, makes a special paper for painting on with oil paint. This is my first painting using the new material. The jury is out on how I like it but it seemed like the right time to post it.
If you are seeing this on a fairly large screen format you will notice the stipple of the canvas. Such a photographing nightmare! It is not nearly so prominent in person.
Regardless, the palette was a lot of fun
I'm a painter living in Enumclaw, Washington. It's a small town in the foothills below Mt. Rainier. My sculptor husband and I share 3 studios, a foundry,6 cats, a one-of-a-kind, custom, cast bronze door and cabinet hardware company and 5 beautiful acres of land on which we host a July outdoor sculpture show. "A Painting a Day" seemed a little over the top. Just up my alley. Don't look for any consistency in subject matter. The one sure thing? color!
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