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(8,249 posts)
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 08:48 AM Feb 2021

I haven't been posting much, but I have been painting. Here's one from yesterday.


Almost every Saturday I sign up for a remote painting session via Atelier Dojo. It's a great deal: $5 for the three hours. The costumed models are always beautifully lit, and we share work once an hour, so there's a sense of community, too.

My work has gotten so much better over the last year, and these weekly painting sessions are a big reason why.
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I haven't been posting much, but I have been painting. Here's one from yesterday. (Original Post) femmedem Feb 2021 OP
Nice. pwb Feb 2021 #1
Thank you! n/t femmedem Feb 2021 #2
Wow! That is brilliant. Freedomofspeech Feb 2021 #3
Thank you so much! femmedem Feb 2021 #4
Thank you for sharing... Trueblue Texan Feb 2021 #5
Thanks, Trueblue Texan. femmedem Feb 2021 #8
And thanks for this info too! Trueblue Texan Feb 2021 #9
I admire your talent, which these studies definitely prove. nt Atticus Feb 2021 #6
Thanks, Atticus. femmedem Feb 2021 #7
Lovely mwmisses4289 Feb 2021 #10
Thank you and welcome to DU! femmedem Feb 2021 #12
Wow, that is really excellent. femmocrat Feb 2021 #11
Thank you! It's more practice than talent. femmedem Feb 2021 #13
Really nice! bif Feb 2021 #14
Thanks, Bif. I hope you know I'm a fan of your work, too. n/t femmedem Feb 2021 #16
Many good artists in my family so I can say without a doubt, you have talent. And plenty of. OregonBlue Feb 2021 #15
Thank you! femmedem Feb 2021 #17
It's working. Your brush work is very good. And very rare. Many artists don't manage to OregonBlue Feb 2021 #19
So glad you're developing your obvious talent... we get to enjoy the results! Thanks! Karadeniz Feb 2021 #18
Thank you! That's kind of you to say. n/t femmedem Feb 2021 #21
Your technique and color leighbythesea2 Feb 2021 #20
Thank you! femmedem Feb 2021 #22
I am in awe of your painting abilities! Brava! LiberalLoner Feb 2021 #23
Thank you! femmedem Feb 2021 #26
Your portrait is excellent in more ways than one lunatica Feb 2021 #24
Thanks so much, lunatica. femmedem Feb 2021 #25


(8,249 posts)
4. Thank you so much!
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:02 AM
Feb 2021

I've been studying online and practicing as much as I can. Mr. Femmedem is learning, too, so it's been a treat to share this with him over the last year.

Trueblue Texan

(2,558 posts)
5. Thank you for sharing...
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:21 AM
Feb 2021

...I can't imagine ever being able to paint that well...but I continue to try various mediums. Again, thanks.


(8,249 posts)
8. Thanks, Trueblue Texan.
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:28 AM
Feb 2021

I couldn't have imagined myself painting this well a year or two ago either, but I've been studying from a variety of sources. From Steven Bauman's patreon page I've learned the importance of dividing images into clear lights and darks and from New Master's Academy (an online resource with thousands of hours of first-rate instruction) I've learned both from lectures and--more important-- demonstrations. It's so helpful to see how an artist goes about starting a painting!


(8,249 posts)
7. Thanks, Atticus.
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:25 AM
Feb 2021

I'm not so sure about talent though: I think it more proves the power of study and practice. I think most people can learn to draw and paint. I'm watching Mr. Femmedem make tremendous strides this year and he had never studied drawing.


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15. Many good artists in my family so I can say without a doubt, you have talent. And plenty of.
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 11:37 AM
Feb 2021

Simply beautiful brush work.


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17. Thank you!
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 11:44 AM
Feb 2021

Something I've focused on these past few months is not tightening up so much that I lose the brushwork. Things that have helped: being meticulous about not blending on the canvas (or board, in my case) but mixing each individual color and value on the palette, and buying better quality brushes.


(7,777 posts)
19. It's working. Your brush work is very good. And very rare. Many artists don't manage to
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 11:58 AM
Feb 2021

ever find the technique that really works. I salute you. It takes so much effort to make it look effortless.


(8,249 posts)
22. Thank you!
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 04:54 PM
Feb 2021

I was a mediocre art student decades ago but started painting and drawing again about two years ago. It's been a great stress buster, especially during these covid times.


(53,410 posts)
24. Your portrait is excellent in more ways than one
Mon Feb 15, 2021, 10:10 PM
Feb 2021

Is that you? I ask because it reminds me of your nose on your other self portraits.

Your warm and cool palette are really compelling and the way you paint texture is quite good. The portrait has a moody and thoughtful air. You’ve done a great job of painting the highlights and shadows with brushstrokes and without putting in much detail. It doesn’t need any more detail. The colors you picked are elegant. You did a great job!


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25. Thanks so much, lunatica.
Mon Feb 15, 2021, 10:54 PM
Feb 2021

This one isn't me--but the nose doesn't look like the model's. It was the one place I didn't catch her likeness. I notice I always make noses too long!

Your analysis captured the two things I worked on: using warm shadows/cool lights and simplifying rather than getting lost in detail.

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