Painting for September 21

Face study no.13 – oil on panel, 6″ x 8″

This one kicked my butt.  But GOOD.

I was feeling confident (read: cocky) after my painting yesterday, and seeing as how we’re enjoying the very last of the warm weather here in Montreal, I thought that I might as well take advantage of being able to open the windows and crank out another oil painting.

And I worked, and slaved, and struggled, and cursed the day I ever decided to paint a portrait with hair (my nemesis!!!).  And after great effort… it turned a corner, and it came out alright.  Oh sure, there are parts that look too much like a “painting” (very obvious large brushstrokes where the unfriendly reality of oil paints reared its ugly head – i.e. you can’t paint pale over dark and get the highlight effect you’re looking for, at least not in one sitting .  I swear, oil paints should simply be renamed “Can’t Undo” paints), but I’m pretty happy with it.

(Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m RELIEVED, and that’s the truth of it!  Daily Painting may be all about the journey and not the destination, but… at the end of the day, I really, really, REALLY wanted a pretty picture!)


2 thoughts on “Painting for September 21

  1. Yesterdays was awesome, and this one rocks! Her eyes are gorgeous.Her hair is lovely too! Beautiful pose. You made me laugh out loud. For real. High five for painting with oils. Pretty damn gutsy if you ask me. Yeah, I totally get the pretty picture!!! Have fun!


    1. Thank you! I’m just worried now that the next painting I do, I will fall flat on my face (I’m due for a major screw-up right about now – speaking of the “failure” ratio).😉

      And I should also point out that I can’t take credit for the poses or lighting or anything like that (as much as I’d like to). My ultimate goal is to hire my own models, but for now, I’m reduced to painting from images taken from the internet. Not my first choice, but… desperate times, and all that.

      High Fives to all of us doing the “30 in 30”!😉


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