The Cape

Original Oil, 12"x9"

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Comment by Michael J. Severin on January 11, 2017 at 2:25

Well in landscape, details is the last thing you think about.  The more you play down the details, the better.  Again, I defer you to Thomas Wezwick .. an artist on this site ... no detail in his wonderful paintings.  It would seem to me that portraiture would require more accuracy and attention to drawing and form, not to mention capturing the inner character of the person ... to me that is a challenge!  ... and could not be accomplished in a small amount of time.  The portraits you have been posting look very spontaneous and it looks like you know what you are doing .. good job C J, keep on painting!

Comment by Michael J. Severin on January 11, 2017 at 2:12

I guess, but notice Sargent did not paint a warm tone on her face .. I really do not think you need it on your painting? ... there is plenty of warmth in the ear and mouth .. so on her cheek might be an overstatement???

Comment by C J Roughton on January 10, 2017 at 18:32

I checked out Madam X.  Interesting, Im guessing a little blue in her face to make her have such light looking skin.

 

Comment by C J Roughton on January 10, 2017 at 18:28

ok!  It just seems like there is so much detail to work on, but I suppose if you know all the tricks it's easier!  It's the same amount of paint covering the canvas :-)  

Comment by Michael J. Severin on January 10, 2017 at 18:26

Your thoughts about putting a warm tone on her cheek ... take a look at Sargents' "Madam X".

Comment by Michael J. Severin on January 10, 2017 at 18:21

Landscapes ... the answer is neither ... it depends on the artist, the technique, size, complexity, etc.  The Hudson river school painters certainly did not complete their landscapes overnight .. but they probably painted their plein air rather quickly. I will paint a 11 x14 plein air piece in about 2.5 hours ... I have painted a 16x20 demo painting in 1.5 hours.  Thomas Wezwick paints those very large 18x24 plein air pieces in probably under 3 hours .. because anymore time then that would be useless .. the light would have changed too much.  It would take me a full day or more to complete a painting of that size.  So .. it all depends C J...... but a blank statement that landscapes take a long time is not true.

Comment by C J Roughton on January 10, 2017 at 14:08

It really is amazing to me how colors affect each other... continuous learning.  I kind of want to do a little landscape also which is why Im here.  It's just that landscape takes so long!  Is that true or is it just me!

Comment by C J Roughton on January 10, 2017 at 14:06

Hi Michael, no I'm not mentoring, but when I look at this I sort of wish I had made the cheeks more orangish and warmer.  I'm just trying to figure out the colors in skin.  Such a challenge.  

Comment by Michael J. Severin on January 10, 2017 at 13:09

C J , It's kinda neat how the cool background gives warmth to her cool skin tones! ... when I cover the green, the skin tone is very cool ... the green changes that! ..  good stuff!  Also, I have noticed that the cool green background gives the illusion that her lips and hair are a lot warmer then you actually painted them.  Great simplified shapes and good edge work!  .. are you mentoring with someone?

Comment by C J Roughton on January 8, 2017 at 8:55

Thanks Charles!  I'll have to think that over!  I really appreciate the observation, I think that's what Richard wants people to do on his site!  I know I was trying to define the shoulder blade but it was a half hearted attempt and you picked right up on that!  I didn't get it right, thank you for pointing that out!

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