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A value Portrait

May 4, 2007

This started out as an exercise in using just one value and white, but then I started having fun and added a lighter wash. It’s from a photo of Guy de Maupassant (remember reading “The Necklace” in school?) I used some walnut stain, because there was some ready to use. I had no desire to do any sort of drawing or painting, but once I got started I really had fun. The splotchy look is just the way walnut stain applies. I know it’s messy, but I sort of like it.
I’ve been in a bit of a slump the last few days – I guess the only way out is to keep working.

For a better look go to rue Manuel.

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  1. May 4, 2007 7:44 am

    The did a great moustache in those days, didn’t they! This is very successful, I think. The effects you’re getting with that stain are really interesting.

  2. May 4, 2007 11:34 am

    Casey,
    I also love the splotchy look – great loose painting! I love the feeling that comes over me when I’ve tried to motivate myself by specifying a “micromovement” for a project (like today – i.e. I’ll just get out the stabilizer) and before I know it the project takes off and I’m done!
    Shirley

  3. May 4, 2007 11:42 am

    This work you are doing in the walnut stain is really powerful. I love this portrait. Beautiful loose splashes that define his face beautifully

  4. May 4, 2007 3:25 pm

    I agree, this is great, the effect of the walnut stain is very interesting and effective!

  5. May 4, 2007 4:08 pm

    I love this one too, Casey! I missed so much not being able to re-find your blog. Don’t underestimate the great work you are doing! You have a beautiful painterly style. The still life you did the multimedia ‘rescue’ on looks like a totally considered work of art. The blue pastel of the jug vibrates!

  6. May 4, 2007 5:14 pm

    I’m glad you’re painting again! You’re so right that the best way out of a slump is to paint something and just have fun. I like the splodginess and the addition of a light wash. Keep painting!

  7. May 4, 2007 6:55 pm

    Very well done! Value is the hardest aspect of painting for me. You’ve got it nailed!

  8. May 5, 2007 6:56 am

    Hi! I like this a lot! By the way, I think that when you are resizing a photo in wordpress (and most places), if you hold down the shift key while dragging the corner of the photo, it’ll resize “to scale”. Hope that helps! 🙂

  9. May 5, 2007 7:37 pm

    I am dying to try the magical “brou de noix” since seeing your and Ronell’s recent drawings … This is superb! That splotch effect is very appealing. I’d say you should consider yourself de-slumped.

  10. September 18, 2007 8:01 pm

    This painting is so cute

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