Friday, September 18, 2009

"Smiling Man"

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I'm not sure I've ever done such a little oil painting! It was fun--in big part because of the subject. Also, I decided to try working on a black ground. I had to think about the painting of it a little differently as far as putting values down. I was surprised that the color wasn't modified much by the ground. In a way, it reminds me of doing block prints as you start with the dark background and bring out the lights. Once your brain starts thinking that way, it feels really natural. I look forward to trying this again!

1 comment:

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Vicki - I love the brushwork and his expression. Well done!