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  1. #31
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    Hello James,

    It's a tough call on my part, trying to figure out where the blending of both media should meet and end,
    without straying away from the style of my earlier paintings. Which I purposely would not blend my images
    so precisely, in the believe that it's the style I wanted to persue.

    Your observation, "The blending is both smooth and textural in places" is exactly what I think I'm trying
    to achieve. A soft roughness, mixed with smooth blends, sort of near photorealastic, but not quite. My
    saving grace, I haven't the talent for photorealastic painting. Anyway, what I'm going for is a slight blur,
    some what dark photo image effect, but rough and soft at the same time. Well, that doesn't make sense!
    But I think you know what I'm trying to say.

    Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your visits and comments. This one, has told me
    that I'm getting close to achieving my goals for this painting, and possibly future one's as well.

    Thank you....
    Best Wishes,
    and Happy New Year!
    Steve

    I've included an example of early work, just to compare if I'm straying to far away from the my original style.
    Please comment if you wish!
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    Thanks Andrea,
    Hope you have a great celebration for the coming of the new year!
    Best Wishes and
    Take Care,
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevemawmv View Post
    Thanks Andrea,
    Hope you have a great celebration for the coming of the new year!
    Best Wishes and
    You too Dear Steve. The first painting is soo good, which one is it? Is that one of your daughters? if you want to achieve a more painterly look try to reduce canvas "grain size" and/or "roughness", I noticed that even if it undoubtedly adds an element of realism to the painting simulation, it does take away some tiny details.

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    Hi Andrea,
    Oldest daughter.... face crop only, from a earlier painting with a huge background.
    It's just a comparison, to see if I'm straying off track from my original style , with the current painting.
    Somebody can let me know if they want too....
    Take Care,
    Steve

    *Will return to work on the lips of the new painting, as soon as I finish my last daughters painting!

    *New Years resolution.....
    #1: Paint one at a time, no more multiple paintings!
    Last edited by stevemawmv; 12-31-2013 at 10:43 PM.

  5. #35
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    Hi Steve. The early work is nice but for me...I prefer the new one. It is cleaner and there is more nuance in the blending that makes it more interesting and engaging. But thats just a personal preference.

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    Hello James,
    I have to agree with you on that, glad you gave me your opinion.
    I'm starting to see that changing just alittle in method, doesn't take away from my style of painting.

    Now, I have to stop myself from going over all my earlier work, fortunately its not a lot!
    I have just one or two that I would like tweek, the rest are 'me in my learning stage', and should be kept as is.
    Best Wishes for a great
    New Year for you!
    Take Care,
    Steve

    *Starting shirt, sketched, color picks and texture...
    NOT DONE!
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    I'm testing some background concepts, and this is
    the 'UNDONE' concept #1.
    If I use it, may get a few extra things in it....
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  8. #38
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    Your daughter is beautiful Steve as is your painting of her

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    I liked it with the minimalist background of the earlier versions but I have to say this does a nice job of focusing attention on the face and eyes. I like the color palette and the darks at the bottom. It all works to fill the space without detracting from the subject. Nicely done.

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    Hi Jean,
    You found my little hiding place, welcome and thank you for commenting.
    Still have one more to go, soon I hope, keeping that one under wraps.
    Thanks again!
    and take care,
    Steve

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