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Old 06-25-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Faith on burlap




This is my friend, Faith, from the deli meat counter at the grocery store. In a moment of weakness she allowed me to photograph her.

Oil on stretched burlap 16 x 20.

Most of my paintings are on portrait grade linen that I gesso and sand three times. This produces a nice smooth surface. However, this beautifully smooth surface feeds in to my tendency to nit-pick and rub the life out of what I paint. One remedy is to paint with a much bigger brush than you think is right for the job. Another remedy is to paint on a surface that is so knarly that it won't allow this life sucking detailing to take place.

So, I got a big brush, mostly, and I found this burlap that was taken from between a saddle and a double humped camel - Camelus dromedarius, so named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, or would that be a dromedary? He digresses. Either way it made for quite a pungent experience. I'm going to varnish with a touch of Channel no. 5.
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Very nice and original!
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Thanks, Cynthia.
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I like it a lot.
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Thanks, John.

Somehow my images got dropped. I've added them back.
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Mike, I'd intuited that it was the same as the "signature" work, thanks to your description of the ground.
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Nice 3/4 head, Miguelito! I like the skin tones a lot...and the choice of color for the headdress is perfect!

Do you now prefer the rougher cloth....? How did you prime the surface before painting?
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Carlito,

As far as the chapeau, I've carried it around for many years. it's basically a cloth beret. I've taken untold numbers of photos of women with this hat. And, I've painted it more than a few times. Here's a few that have come and gone over the years, also the source for this painting.

I can't say that I prefer it, although, having gone through this exercise I don't fear it.

I once did a portrait on raw linen which I sized with clear gesso. It was handled much the same as this one. I do like the look of the vignette with this raw material.

I once started a thread about vignettes that that still exists in the "conceptualizing" section. It was quite entertaining. We talked also about corsets and z-coils. But that was over ten years ago and everyone has since gone on to other pastures.
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