White Crease/Grassy Field

White Crease/Grassy Field

White Crease/Grassy Field, 8 x 8 x 1 in, sculpted oil on panel, 2015

This piece must have been an omen for the weather recently in Florida, it’s been pouring rain the past few weeks here! Like the main color in this new painting, all of the grass and trees are a bright, vibrant green. This was the last painting I made before I started my first MFA summer session at MICA. Hope everyone else is staying dry!

-Caitlin

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