WIP, Cow Oil Painting

Hi everyone, just wanted to post a quick work in progress:

Cow, wip, oil painting

Above, is my diy pochade paintbook in action. I’m currently working on a cow. All these farm animals are new to me😄. Wonder how many of them I actually will paint. You gotta admit there’s a certain charm about them.

I know I haven’t posted many group shots but, I envision these animals looking great as an ensemble. Right now, I’m still enjoying painting these. It’s not to say that I haven’t had my share of challenges! Stay tuned for the finished piece in my next post.

Wishing you a great week!

 

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Eye Study

Hi everybody, below is a 4×4″ eye study in oil:

img_4128 I’m still trying to establish some sort of practice routine with oil paints. So, I think I’ll be doing more of these small format studies.

Since doing my previous study of my son’s eye, I found that I really enjoy doing eyes. It’s amazing how different and expressive people’s eyes are. Even without the rest of the face, you can really tell emotions just by the eyes.

In the process of painting eyes, I really enjoy how the eye comes to life near the end of the painting. And the point of doing a study, you really learn quite a bit. For example, the whites of the eye are actually not white but grayish. I also learned the importance of cast shadows on the eyeball as well as highlights and reflections. Here’s a closer look:
img_4129The eye has a quality for inviting the viewer to be able to look “through”. I guess that’s why there’s that saying of “eyes being windows to the soul”.

I hope you will find my studies interesting as I paint/practice my way and through oils.

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Traditional painting in “Experiments” series

Hi everyone, below is a study in the “Experiments” series:
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I decided to use the traditional painting method of glazing with acrylic paint. The study features a basic sphere rendered by building-up transparent layers. I wanted to see what it would look like with a treatment of modern acrylic medium on top of it.

Here is a detail of the tonal values rendered on the sphere using the glazing technique. The good thing about glazing with acrylics is how fast it dries. You can get many thin layers down in a day. Whereas, in traditional oil painting, you’re lucky if you can get one layer done:
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I really like the rough texture of the burnt umber:
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I like the way the rough texture wraps around the sides of the painting. It makes the image more congruous as a whole:
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Here is another detail:
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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re enjoying the fall weather and it’s colours.

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