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Portrait painting lessons (4)  about paint and medium

Portrait painting lessons (4) about paint and medium

Use of paint.

A general word about oil paint. Paint with paint; you can not paint without paint! I see students using far too little paint. Trust me, this is often simply out of fear. Not because of artistic viewpoints. Overcome that fear.

The problem starts at the palette. If there is too little paint there, how on earth do you get enough on your canvas? Running out of paint often occurs at the end of a painting-session. I see there is a tendency to thin the amount of paint on the palette with medium in order to gain some volume, instead of re-adding paint from the tube. ERROR!

So, do not be stingy with paint. You really need paint to obtain a painterly effect.Read more

Portrait painting and filming

Portrait painting and filming

making a video tutorial

Editing the long tutorial video

It happens to everyone once and a while: the loss of documents in the computer. Five years ago I almost finished the editing of my third long video demonstration. By bad luck, I lost all the work. I was defeated and angry at myself for disconnecting the hard drive from my computer without the necessary precautions. Months and months of work lost! A negligence which I had to atone a longtime. Eventually the footage could be retrieved by a specialist company in Madrid, but the editing had gone forever. I am taking charge of the project again. From now I will be spending all available time behind the screens. I hope to finish the project by summer. I will keep you posted.

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Stills from the video

Portrait painting lessons (3)

Portrait painting lessons (3)

Sometimes I see students paint with miserable brushes because of slackness or just stinginess. A Very Bad Habit!
good and bad brushes

In my studio I have a brushes' grave yard.

- Why not throw them all away?

- I can´t do that. They have served me faithfully.

- But they are far from being worn!

- No, but they are not good enough anymore.

Actually I should not think of a cemetery, let me call it a brushes retirement home. Sometimes I take some brushes out of that stock and I try them again, but I have to conclude that they are turned down for some reason.

What standards must a good brush meet?

  1. It must accurately lead paint on the canvas where the artist wants it.
  2. It must be able to bring sufficient paint onto the canvas.
  3. It should be shapeable, a paint brush must be able to cut like a knife.
  4. It must not scrape off paint.

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