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Charcoal Study for New Horse Portrait

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Charcoal Study for New Horse Portrait. approx 20x16. 2015 While I usually do these value designs as small 5x7 pencil sketches, when I’m working on a larger portrait I will often take a full sheet of paper and work out the design in charcoal. It helps to give a feel for the scale of what I'm ab...

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Molly Part 2: The Block In

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Molly Block In. 14x11, oil on linen. 2015 This morning I did the block-in for the portrait of Molly. I used a mixture of terra rosa and raw umber applied thinly on an un-toned panel.  I will let this dry and then tone the panel before starting the final layers of the painting. I don't usua...

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Molly Part 1: Starting With a Low Quality Photograph

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Value Design for Molly. Charcoal on a 1/2 sheet of Canson. Artists who take commissions often get asked to work from photos that are a little off and I've seen more than my fair share of cellphone pics taken at night, or prints taken from 50 yards away with a disposable film camera. I'm usually relu...

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Elvis

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Elvis. 20x16, oil on linen. 2015. About two weeks ago I thought I was nearly finished with this painting (after a couple of earlier re-starts) when I realized that the overall color scheme wasn't working. I went back and redesigned the whole thing over again.  The figure turned out to be mostly...

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Re-work of an Existing Painting

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Every so often I go off on a Quixotic adventure to try and rework or otherwise advance the look of a particular painting. The most favorable outcomes usually involve reworking from the design stage forward and starting with a fresh canvas.  Sometimes things spiral out of control and I end up on...

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