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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Juicy Brushstrokes...

Ma Lo, 9 x 12, oil on linen, email me for purchase

Studio Diary
January 4th.

Busy day in the studio today. Get to start a new commission of a lady by a Koi pond although I have been sketching it up in my head for a while - and a TV interview in the afternoon, all of which I am look forward to.

Here is a sketch I did from life last night of Ma Lo, who I call the most beautiful woman in the world. I love juicy brushwork. The hardest thing is to put a brush stroke down that you kinda know is good and leave it alone. People say I am a fast painter. I think I paint fast because the more I work at something, painting from life, the more I seem to ruin it. I like to get in and out fast. A spontaneous look. Use the brush loaded with paint and carve out the forms, hoping to get the right color-value correct. That's the plan at least.

However, painters like Jeremy Lipking, who I was painting with last night, seem to be absolutely genius, at getting the slower, more considered finish, just right.

What do you think?

3 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

I agree that Ma Lo is a gorgeous woman.
Funny.... I just painted her today (badly...) in an uninstructed class... badly... but I enjoyed it. Yours is wonderful as always!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Marian hard to paint the most beautiful girl in the world...Ma Lo...

Portrait Painting said...

Lovely painting,I am agree Ma Lo is a gorgeous woman. Thanks sharing..