Day 19 of 30 portraits in 30 days. This one taught me a lesson I hope I can stick to. I blocked this in and began painting well after about 30 minute I thought "this looks pretty good." I should have stopped! But I didn't, I managed to turn a fairly good effort into a mess. I wiped it all off and started over and this is what I finished with. Still not as good as the first one.
Richard Schmid is right, "less is better." 9"x12" oil on canvas time 90mins. 

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About Dave Ivey

I started drawing when I was in elementary school and have been fascinated by it ever since. I draw and sketch consistently today. Drawing is the foundation of all my paintings. Having been a editorial artist early in my career helped me hone my drawing skills which I continually strive to improve to this day capturing the enviroment that surrounds me.  Many of my paintings today are birthed from the rural lifestyle that my wife and I enjoy.

I paint every day as a commitment to myself to perfect the God given abilities I have been blessed with.  Painting is what I love and long to be doing when I am not doing it. This is passion that I don’t intend on neglecting, but nurturing for the rest of my life
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