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Learning

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Miniatures As I have some unused small, a kind of  kitschy  souvenir frames, I decided to make some tiny studies which  would pass into those frames. The first one was a detail of my previous painting with strawberries. The second was a tribute to  the master I admire , combining a master copy of his works with some details of my old still life which is now with a collector in the United States. The third one was based on my photograph (which I am going to use for larger paintings soon); this was my first attempt to paint a human hand in oil. I was quite excited while doing it, and I am quite satisfied with this result. More exercises with human hands will follow as I am not scared of trying anymore.  I painted them alla prima on acid-free cardboard only using the limited palette of primary oil colours plus burnt umber and titanium white. I learned as well what "a painting a day" is.  View the finished paintings in my  gallery .

For Selma

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A challenge Using the Rule of Thirds when choosing a composition can play a significant role in painting.  A fellow artist recently made a wonderful painting based on the photograph she took of her grandson. I asked permission to use her photograph and to try changing the composition by placing the figure out of the middle point.  I also tried out the tip of Dianne Mize whose  channel  I follow on Youtube, to prepare the surface with a little amount of the poppyseed oil and gamsol mix to get the paint laying smoothly. Very happy with this tip.      So I made this small and quick study in alla prima. I used the cardboard and my limited palette of primary oil colours plus burnt umber and titanium white. View the finished painting in my  gallery .     in progress