Altered Beard

I’ve been missing my brushes lately, especially my bristle brushes. I used to dislike them because they are pretty stiff when I wanted to do fine detail. Now, I am finding a love for them because they really are great in applying a lot of paint, and leave lovely drag-marks as I rake through the oils.

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Here is my initial portrait on an 8×8 inch panel.

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Yummy brush texture.

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After a few days of drying, I can finally start the cutting process.

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Looking back, I should have left it at this stage here. I like the empty bottom corner to show the thickness of the paint compared to the surface of the panel. There’s always next portrait!

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And finished!

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The cool color palette of the 6 layers of paint works well with the warm skin tones, I hope to do a few more male portraits like this one coming up after I finish the diptych I’m currently working on. Have a great afternoon!

-Caitlin

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