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  •  Not too shabby! (5+ / 0-)

    I find portraits impossibly difficult, though this mostly reflects my lack of drawing skills, which I am trying to remedy with a drawing course I'm taking through the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

    •  figure drawing is my passion (4+ / 0-)

      and finally I felt ready to move into oils for a new challenge. wow! it's such a whole new wonderful world! a universe even!

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:31:39 AM PDT

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    •  one more question? (4+ / 0-)

      I've never painted from a photograph. What is your set up? Where do you place the photo wrt your easel?

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:33:18 AM PDT

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      •  I have the photo hanging on spring clips from... (4+ / 0-)
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        a ceiling joist in my basement, just to the right of my easel. I have a daylight balanced fluorescent tube right over the easel, and an old-fashioned tungsten bulb behind me on each side, so the lighting is pretty balanced & even.

        Most 'gurus' nowadays recommend painting from your own on-site sketches and if you use photos displaying them on a good computer monitor. But I find that a back-lit LCD monitor exaggerates the vividness of colors and contrast,  while a good print will be very close to the color saturation and value range you can achieve with oil paint. The biggest knock against painting from photos is that they distort colors and provide no shadow detail, but I've been taking and printing landscape photos for 20 years and I've gotten very good at it. My prints are generally spot-on for color and show all the shadow detail I want the viewer to see.

        I'm not quick enough to paint accurately from life before the light changes, so I mostly paint from photos. But I'm starting to paint landscapes 'plein air'. Harder than it looks!

        •  really nice there Ralphdog (2+ / 0-)
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          grew up in Greece and Webster.

          I found some really great online photos from old postcards of long lost Rochester area canal bridge photos, I can't remember where, they are hand tinted and very interesting. I could email them if you like, probably some local history from looking up Rochester railroad history iirc. And I sure remember the old great iron Stutson St Bridge, and the railroad bridge at the river mouth. Also there were a lot of early river mouth amusement park photos...really amazing stuff I only saw the remnants of in the 50's.

          In fact, an artist painting in that hand tinted photo/postcard style would be interesting work, I'm sure it's been and being done somewhere by somebody!

          Keep at it and post more.

          I grew up in the same neighborhood Philip Koch did, on Lake Road in Webster in the 50's and 60's.
              I had no idea he was a painter but he is now a  well regarded artist and professor.
          Philipp Koch also teaches on his blog as well, his explanations and observations are fascinating, especially his remarks on his childhood experiences I was near to.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:55:06 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks, that's a great link. (3+ / 0-)
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            I've lived south of Rochester for about 25 years, out in the boondocks. The local landscape still shows some traces of the Wadsworth rules circa 1800 in the form of these solitary oak trees.

            There's a great painting at the Memorial Art Gallery by the early Hudson River school painter Asher B. Durand called "Genesee Oaks". It was actually commissioned by one of the Wadsworths, and shows two of the giant oaks over a Genesee valley landscape.

            Interestingly, the descendants of the Wadsworth clan still occupy a big mansion on a decaying estate in Geneseo.

            •  nice here's the painting, see Durand's remarks (2+ / 0-)
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              Geneseo Oaks'

              very interesting remarks by and about Durand.

              Philip Koch's blog led me to the Hudson Valley school, really wonderful painting, and the tradition inspired many western views as well.
              There's one in the local museum of the Sierras and others very similar to the HVtype painting.
                Good for you for getting at that work.

              This machine kills Fascists.

              by KenBee on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 02:55:37 PM PDT

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