Red Headscarf- palette knife start


This start was a mixture of exhilaration and frustration. I decided to have the pleasure of painting a non-commissioned painting between the commissioned ones, so during the Wednesday broadcast last night I toned this 16x20 canvas panel and waded in with a palette knife. I tend not to plan very far ahead when I paint, and I can see where toning well ahead of time would be a benefit. I struggled with his mouth throughout the three hours I painted. Also, I think my strokes became quite fussy quite soon. I'm going to stare this fellow down for a day or so and then see if I can sort him out a bit better.
As always, I'm grateful to the friendly, encouraging artists who kept me company as I painted last night. Group hug!

I'm only adding this PayPal Button to illustrate its use to the artists attending the blog workshop. The painting has not been completed. Of course, if you really want it....

Red Headscarf
16" x 20" (40.7cm x 50.8cm)
Oil on Canvas Panel
$600 with FREE shipping and handling in the US
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11 comments:

Ann Reyes said...

Wow, an exciting start, Susan! It's looking great! I can't seem to remember the Wednesday night sessons. I'll try again next week.

Barbara Pask said...

I really like this painting Susan, he is perfect for a palette knife painting. You are so good, brush or knife it doesn't seem to matter.

Susan Carlin said...

Hi Ann, Thank you! If you sign up on my list (top of my sidebar) I'll send you an email when I'll be painting. It would be fun to have you there!

Susan Carlin said...

Thanks, Barb! It was great having you there for the painting of it. I've been looking at him now for a day or so and see some of what I'll change when I start again. I'll let you know when!

painterchum said...

love the vitality you have in this portrait. I think i will have a try with the palette knife, it looks fun.

Bonnie Mann said...

I am loving this one and see no fault with anything! Wish I could do this. I, in fact, like his mouth. Very expressive.

kim shields said...

Hi Susan, Love the colors in the clothing and headband! They will look great against his bronze skin. Can't wait to see it completed.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,

This looks fabulous. I am trying to figure out the Paypal thing right now. How timely.

You are just wonderful!

xoxoxoBarbara

Dean H. said...

Great painting, Susan! Love the punch in your colors!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I would call it a "cool" painting but it is mostly warm. Very appealing and I like the idea of staring a painting down for a day or so.

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

Love the colors in this painting Susan,& the golds and reds gives the face such character,very powerful face.
Rae