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PostSubject: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:32 am

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:38 am

This painting had been sitting at my gallery for almost year I think. Anyway I left the gallery and got my painting back. Size is about 23 x 15 in. I painted a grisaille initially on the figure before adding color.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:45 am

Not generally my style of frame ( I love deco frames) but this seemed to work with the subject so I went with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:00 am

cheers Wow your painting is fantastic! Very realistic! The detail on her dress and fabric is amazing.

I think you're rite about the frame it does suit the subject very well.

I was thinking of using Ivory Black and Titanium White for my next underpainting. What colors did you use for the underpainting?

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:45 am

Tommy, I love this. And the expression on her face is priceless
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:59 am

Janet I used titanium white and raw umber for the underpainting. Be careful though. Titanium white isn't recommended for underpainting because it has the slower drying safflower oil. My top layer is so thin I didn't think it would be a problem and I was sure to add T-white in the colors I applied over the underpainting. I also bought a bottle of safflower oil to add to my upper layers.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:03 am

Hayday: I loved it too. Not your standard expression but for me there's a lot of content there. It was a challenge to capture.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:18 am

That is stunning! The flesh tones, hair... wow!
And I thought too, it's nice to see a frame that looks like it was actually chosen for the painting (I used to do framing). Perfect!
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:23 pm

Tommy, This might sound amateurish, but I use pre-mixed acrylic bottles of paints in about 5 levels of light to dark to create an underpainting. I haven't had any issues with it as yet. Do you see any potential problems?
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:57 pm

Oil over thick acrylic could be problematic. Keep your acrylic thin(ish) then there's no problem with adhesion. I use acrylic washes when I use acrylic under painting.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:49 pm

Good idea to use the Safflower Oil for the top layers that would help with the fact that the Titanium White has slow drying Safflower Oil in it. I thought you might have deviated from the Raw Umber underpainting on this one. Thank you for the info and tip! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:59 pm

Janet, the bg was done with a mixture of burnt sienna and umber. Something like that - but the flesh was done in raw umber and white. Then I added color over.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:12 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:14 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:33 pm

Thanks for showing your under-painting and layers.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:36 pm

Tommy, Thank you so much for sharing the step by step of your painting! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:57 pm

Oh I just love this, I love the dress its just wonderful.

I agree on the frame its just perfect for the painting !
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:51 pm

I enjoyed seeing all the steps in your painting - very methodical and meticulous work, but the little girl comes alive! Lovely.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:12 pm

Tommy,
You have captured such a beautiful and intriguing expression on this child. I'm curious as to whether you know the child well, or if this was a painting of a child you did not know.

I always find that when I do a portrait, it always comes out better when I know the intricate expressions of the person from long term exposure to that person. I don't do as well with a stranger.

The frame couldn't be more suited for the painting. The whole thing is beautiful.

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:42 am

You guys are great thanks a lot. Smile

Judy, she's my granddaughter by marriage and boy do I know her. She's my favorite little monkey in all the world. We play a lot when she visits on the occasional weekend - so much so that I have to push her out of my studio to get any work done. I'm planning some more paintings of her. Modeling fees are a couple of cookies and a hug.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:38 am

Tommy wrote:
Modeling fees are a couple of cookies and a hug.

Awww too cute. Smile

I'm looking forward to seeing more paintings of your granddaughter. I've heard that children don't do very well at standing still for a lengthy amount of time. Do you use photos as well?

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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:01 pm

Janet: Yeah kids are jumping beans so you have to work fast photographing them. I can't imagine not using photography for children's portraits unless they're asleep. But it's very handy having your model around when painting.
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PostSubject: Re: Shannen's New Dress   Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:26 pm

She is definitely a beauty and one to be proud of. I can't wait to see more. My grandson is good about having pictures taken, but my granddaughter is always a challenge.

I look forward to more of paintings of ypu granddaughter.

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