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There is a method I follow when roughing in skin for the underpainting portion of a painting, which you can see starting in the last photo. 1. Rough in the shadows 2. Smooth with a clean brush 3. Sharpen up the edges, either by erasing with mineral spirits or by adding dark lines 4. Redefine the shadows
 #oilpainting #underpainting #paintinghands #drawing #figurativeart
There is a method I follow when roughing in skin for the underpainting portion of a painting, which you can see starting in the last photo. 1. Rough in the shadows 2. Smooth with a clean brush 3. Sharpen up the edges, either by erasing with mineral spirits or by adding dark lines 4. Redefine the shadows #oilpainting  #underpainting  #paintinghands  #drawing  #figurativeart 
Seth Tane, 8th Avenue, 2018, oil on canvas, 48 x 72"
My friend Seth here in Portland has an exhibition at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco entitled 'Trading Places' that will run from May 10 - June 30, 2018. If you're in the Bay area, go see it!
#sethtane #artexhibition #oilpainting #8thavenue #nyc #bayarea #sanfrancisco #exhibitionopening #portlandartist #modernism #tradingplaces #hyperrealism
This detail is from a Sargent painting of the Wyndham Sisters. It’s an enormous painting and these flowers are painted with large brushstrokes. Look at how much detail he is able to achieve with so few strokes! #sargent #oilpainting #arthistory #paintingtechniques #whiteroses #wyndhamsisters #19thcenturyart
‘Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown’ by Anders Zorn. This painting is of my husband’s great  great grandmother and hangs in the Met. She was a great collector of musical instruments and her collection makes up the bulk of the musical instruments wing there (this painting hangs there). #zorn #anderszorn #themet #musicalinstrumentscollection #maryelizabethadamsbrown #metdonor #patronofthearts
Vermeer only became famous in the 19th Century and I have a theory as to why. He is known as the Painter of Light (not to be confused with Thomas Kincade!) and it is true that he nailed the tonal values, but the skin in the figures looks dull. The skin appears greyish yellow, with very little pink, if any at all. The figures seem to lack a liveliness, as if there is no blood running through their veins, and that may not have been appealing to many viewers in the 17th C. Perhaps many more people today appreciate the quietness of the figures most of all, after getting a full day outside in the busy world, and they are ready to ignore the zombie skin tones.
#vermeer #oilpainting #17thcenturyart #dutchpainting
Vermeer only became famous in the 19th Century and I have a theory as to why. He is known as the Painter of Light (not to be confused with Thomas Kincade!) and it is true that he nailed the tonal values, but the skin in the figures looks dull. The skin appears greyish yellow, with very little pink, if any at all. The figures seem to lack a liveliness, as if there is no blood running through their veins, and that may not have been appealing to many viewers in the 17th C. Perhaps many more people today appreciate the quietness of the figures most of all, after getting a full day outside in the busy world, and they are ready to ignore the zombie skin tones. #vermeer  #oilpainting  #17thcenturyart  #dutchpainting 
Seeing Rembrandt’s brushstrokes was a privilege today. He focuses your eye upon the sitter’s face through spotlighting and by changing the brushstrokes to be sharper and smaller, and the white highlights are impasto (almost as if he took dry paint off the palette and stuck it to the canvas). The hands were rough swipes with a large brush done with such confidence! What a master.
#rembrandtvanrijn #nationalgallery #rembrandt #selfportrait #arthistory #oilpainting
Seeing Rembrandt’s brushstrokes was a privilege today. He focuses your eye upon the sitter’s face through spotlighting and by changing the brushstrokes to be sharper and smaller, and the white highlights are impasto (almost as if he took dry paint off the palette and stuck it to the canvas). The hands were rough swipes with a large brush done with such confidence! What a master. #rembrandtvanrijn  #nationalgallery  #rembrandt  #selfportrait  #arthistory  #oilpainting 
WIP: a few adjustments need to be made but the underpainting is almost there on these two figures...
#wip #underpainting #oilpainting #portlandart #pdxart #canadianart #classicalpainting #figurativeart #hipsters
I've almost finished moving into the new studio and my work schedule is slowly getting back to normal. There's a lot of good light in here, and more storage!
#studio #newstudio #oilpainting #underpainting #hipstermurderscene #dontlaughstudiostorageisimportantactually
Another head build-up - I start by brushing on a light layer of medium and burnt umber and then slowly add more and more as I model the forms with my brush.
#wip #oilpainting #portraitpainting #portlandart #pdxart #canadianart #underpainting #classicalpainting #hipster
My painting ‘The Allegory of Post-Truth’ made it onto the cover of the People’s Colloquium’s anthology publication - it was a pleasant surprise at the launch party tonight!
#oilpainting #thepeoplescolloquium #allegoryofposttruth #posttruth #allegory #alchemist #classicalpainting #figurativeart #chiaroscuro #coverart #anthology
Get your artfull phone covers at www.spaceluxt.com. I've got some painted fabric studies there and one figurative work to boot - help artists like myself by buying their work! @spaceluxt
#phonecover #phonecoverdesign #fabricstudy #phonecoverart #art #design #oilpainting #artoftheday #canadianart #portlandart #supportlivingartists
So, I’m giving this Vero thing a go - there are a bunch of things that are frustrating with IG, and hey, the first million accounts are free, so what’s to lose? They say that Vero is better platform for creatives to show their work. For now I’ll post both here and on Vero to see if it takes off. #vero #oilpainting #narrativepainting #artist #art #artistsoninstagram
So, I’m giving this Vero thing a go - there are a bunch of things that are frustrating with IG, and hey, the first million accounts are free, so what’s to lose? They say that Vero is better platform for creatives to show their work. For now I’ll post both here and on Vero to see if it takes off. #vero  #oilpainting  #narrativepainting  #artist  #art  #artistsoninstagram 
Portland friends! Join me at Enso Winery at 1416 SE Stark on Monday Feb 26th from 7-9pm for a free lecture sponsored by the People's Colloquium that I'll be giving on Modern and Post-Modern Art. I'll be presenting images about the pendulum swing from representational art to abstract art and back again. We'll be looking at @ginsburg.max 's painting 'Foreclosure,' 2011 in addition to other New Realists.
#lecture #artlecture #arthistory #modernart #postmodernart #newrealism #newrealists #foreclosure #maxginsburg #abstractart #representationalart #thepeoplescolloquium
Portland friends! Join me at Enso Winery at 1416 SE Stark on Monday Feb 26th from 7-9pm for a free lecture sponsored by the People's Colloquium that I'll be giving on Modern and Post-Modern Art. I'll be presenting images about the pendulum swing from representational art to abstract art and back again. We'll be looking at @ginsburg.max 's painting 'Foreclosure,' 2011 in addition to other New Realists. #lecture  #artlecture  #arthistory  #modernart  #postmodernart  #newrealism  #newrealists  #foreclosure  #maxginsburg  #abstractart  #representationalart  #thepeoplescolloquium 
When I started going to an open drawing session a couple months ago, I showed Matt some drawings and he said "Huh, I thought you'd be better at this." (!!!) @nateseay told me last night that he had a rocky start too and he does some of the most beautiful portraiture I've ever seen. It just goes to show that the key to being an excellent draughtsman is practice, practice, practice.
#charcoaldrawing #drawing #figuredrawing #sketch #foreverlearning
When I started going to an open drawing session a couple months ago, I showed Matt some drawings and he said "Huh, I thought you'd be better at this." (!!!) @nateseay told me last night that he had a rocky start too and he does some of the most beautiful portraiture I've ever seen. It just goes to show that the key to being an excellent draughtsman is practice, practice, practice. #charcoaldrawing  #drawing  #figuredrawing  #sketch  #foreverlearning 
WIP: That lip curl is crucial. I think I got it now. Swipe to see steps on this head.
#contemporaryart #portraitpainting #classicalpainting #figurativerealism #figurepainting #oilpainting #underpainting #wip #hipster #hipstermurderscene
What a privilege to see Max Ginsburg paint and listen to a lecture about his work!
@ginsburg.max #maxginsburg #paintingdemo #artisttalk #oilpainting #portraitpainting
I have an enormous amount of books I'd like to get through, these just being a few (most are in digital format). I've been boning up on aesthetics lately and I wonder whether any of these will have an impact upon the way I see the world and upon my practice. If you have a suggestion to add to my reading list, please give'er!
#fromclichetoarchetype #theinventionofart #thephilosophersgaze #readinglist #aesthetics #philosophy #artwork  #mementomori #whenamigoingtofindtimetoreadallthis
I have an enormous amount of books I'd like to get through, these just being a few (most are in digital format). I've been boning up on aesthetics lately and I wonder whether any of these will have an impact upon the way I see the world and upon my practice. If you have a suggestion to add to my reading list, please give'er! #fromclichetoarchetype  #theinventionofart  #thephilosophersgaze  #readinglist  #aesthetics  #philosophy  #artwork   #mementomori  #whenamigoingtofindtimetoreadallthis