New painter - logging my journey

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jrdn wrote
on 9 Nov 2011 4:53 PM

Trying again to paint myself from a mirror, not finished, but wanted to share it before I went further and messed it up! All critique is welcome!

 

 

 

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jrdn wrote
on 21 Dec 2011 2:47 PM

Well I've gotten some oils and I love them. Here's another self portrait I've been working on using a mirror. Progress!

 

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jrdn wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:29 PM

Small update. Tried to fix the eyes and cranium and the colors. Sorry for the bad photo, I'm using my phone. If anyone has any tips on painting hair that would be great too.

 

 

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jrdn wrote
on 18 Jan 2012 1:08 AM

Progress! Ignore the funky background! :)

 

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on 29 Jan 2012 5:42 PM

Hi, jrdn keep up the good work you can really tell you are progressing. A couple questions though. Are you painting using a mirror or a picture and are you using the same lighting each time. I ask because the human eye can pick up colors and shading that photos cannot. A shadow isn't only black or blue but can have red yellows green. Its endless.  Try sitting and just staring at the object or yourself for a while and try and identify all the different hues.  Another good exercise is too try and paint with only two complimentary colors ( purple and yellow, orange and blue, green and red). It really makes you exercise adding depth with shading. I hope this helps some.

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jrdn wrote
on 29 Jan 2012 7:04 PM

Thank you for the reply! 

Yes, I am using a mirror, and my lighting is pretty inconsistent. I'm definitely going to try to be more observant and deliberate in trying to match hues. 

As far as the complimentary color exercise, do I still use white? Or do an entire painting with only the two colors?

Thanks again

 

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jrdn wrote
on 3 Apr 2012 9:23 AM

I haven't had time to practice as much as I'd like, but I recently started this still life and I figured I'd share it. It's not finished, hopefully I can refine it more.

 

 

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jrdn wrote
on 11 Apr 2012 12:58 PM

Finished piece

 

 

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jrdn wrote
on 14 Apr 2012 8:15 PM

Another still life

 

 

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jrdn wrote
on 16 Apr 2012 4:23 PM

 

Study of another painting, work in progress

 

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rimce44 wrote
on 6 May 2012 8:54 AM

This is painting or photo?

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jrdn wrote
on 6 May 2012 8:56 AM

rimce44:

This is painting or photo?

 

Paintings.

 

 

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jrdn wrote
on 6 May 2012 9:37 PM

First is a recent self portrait attempt

Second is a still life study of a roma tomato and two cloves of garlic that I started today

 

you can click the photos to make them larger

 

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jrdn wrote
on 11 May 2012 8:05 AM

 

Study of a Frederic Bazille painting I recently started, below is the original painting. I know i should have flipped my canvas the other way...

 

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watermike wrote
on 15 May 2012 6:28 PM

Love the frist and third portraits & the jar & apple especially.  Good work.  Keep going.  

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