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I gotta post this painting I have been working on. I started oil painting using the Bob Ross method about 5 years ago. Last year a buddy mentioned that I should try painting women. So this is my 5th attempt at painting a woman and I am BLOWN AWAY at how this is coming out. There are so many stages to a painting at this level and I simply learned from watching a lot of YouTube vids over the last year. Actually this is my first attempt at painting eyes. Usually I paint the woman from behind or with her eyes closed. The eyes were "blocked" in a few weeks ago with a general shape and colors then tonight I spent 6 hours finalizing them. Obviously a long ways to go with the painting but I think the hard part is over with.

I've been showing some of my pieces around town and now I have gals that want to model for me so I can create my own photos/scenes and paint them.:rock:

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The word that comes to mind Kevin is stunning!

That is as good as I have ever seen — absolutely stunning.


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Made some adjustments to skin and eye color and I think it looks amazing. I added hair and it too looks great. The low resolution photo doesn't show the hair well but I spent a few evenings just painting individual hairs which was pretty easy.
Last year I couldn't even draw a stick figure...

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Definite roaring 20's look, Kevin.

Still, stunning!


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Thank You, Ed.
Retirement is in about 10-15 years and I wanted to master a hobby that I could do anywhere.

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Thank You, Ed.
Retirement is in about 10-15 years and I wanted to master a hobby that I could do anywhere.

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Shucks, you can rebuild a Modmotor anywhere. :)

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LOL... Do they have those in Italy??:aggressive:
Hmmmmm ...

Probably not but, they do have some really impressive women. :) :beerchug:

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The finished painting.. Started early November and finished it tonight.

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I started this one last week and I'm just about done with it already.. This is 24"x30" tall.. I gotta say I struggled all through 2019 learning how to paint, spending hundreds of hours studying YouTube vids and now painting like this is as easy as making oatmeal..

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The finished piece.

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Just finished this one tonight. I was trying to get it done for an art show in April but the show got canceled like everything else lately :(
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I have done several pieces since the last posting including a commission piece and even winning the James Ray Award for Realistic Impressionism for another piece. I have been accepted into a local gallery that supports my pieces and I have a plan to enter an international contest (Home - Art Renewal Center) this winter where if I do well can get me serious global recognition.

This Steampunk piece below took me three months to complete and is extremely detailed with each brick painted individually along with single hair strands and the veins in her eyes.

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Beautiful work man! Do you take requests? Would you be able to paint a reproduction of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer. 1665? Done in original size or slightly larger as it isn't a large painting to begin with. Obviously sign the painting with your own signature since i'm looking to display it, and not pass it off as an original, but then again that would be hard to do as the original has cracks in the painting from being so old and the colors used were unique to that area of Delft, Holland in 1665 and would show obvious aging, but I just love this piece so much, I really want to display it somewhere in my home.
 

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Beautiful work man! Do you take requests? Would you be able to paint a reproduction of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer. 1665? Done in original size or slightly larger as it isn't a large painting to begin with. Obviously sign the painting with your own signature since i'm looking to display it, and not pass it off as an original, but then again that would be hard to do as the original has cracks in the painting from being so old and the colors used were unique to that area of Delft, Holland in 1665 and would show obvious aging, but I just love this piece so much, I really want to display it somewhere in my home.
Thanks for the kudos!
Reproducing another painting would be easy enough but I don't do commissions. I did one art display for an afternoon and turned down 13 commission requests b/c I prefer to paint what I want to paint not what someone else wants me to paint. There are people out that that have painted her it's just a matter of finding them.

I have a business plan to sell international within the next three years but in order to do that I need to enter and place very high in the Arc Salon international contest for realism. I know I can do it but I need a great piece, something that the judges won't expect so every free minute I have I am working on concepts trying to come up with one that I feel will be perfect. The contest submission isn't until November but it will take about 3-4 months to paint something good enough for the contest and as of now I don't have an idea...frustrating! The steampunk one above will be entered just to help me get noticed but it's not good enough to place in the contest.

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No problem man! Just wanted to see if you did because I like to support forum members and members of the Mustang community. I do know a place that will do the Vermeer painting reproduction for me, I was just wondering if you did them is all. No worries though, and the best of luck to you and I hope you make it in the art world! Make sure to post here for any work or news of your updates as i'm sure we'd all love to know of your progress.

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No problem man! Just wanted to see if you did because I like to support forum members and members of the Mustang community. I do know a place that will do the Vermeer painting reproduction for me, I was just wondering if you did them is all. No worries though, and the best of luck to you and I hope you make it in the art world! Make sure to post here for any work or news of your updates as i'm sure we'd all love to know of your progress.

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What got you into enjoying a splash of paint on a canvas? It's nice to see that someone else appreciates art. For me it is a nice distraction to appreciate something other than cars. Some art I can't wrap my mind around like abstract but other pieces can be truly amazing, especially realism and hyper realism. I can paint hyper but it takes so much more time and I don't have the patience for it now. I've incorporated hyper-realism features into several pieces but I don't see the need to do it for an entire piece. Check out Marco Grassi.

I've actually seen the Girl with a Pearl Earring a few years ago while in the Netherlands. Also saw Van Gogh's pieces but I can't say I liked any of them. I can appreciate them b/c the style was extremely different than what anyone else was doing but I still don't like how they look.

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You continue to amaze me, Kevin. The work you do is stunningly impressive to me, nothing short of amazing. Admittedly I'm an uneducated art observer, but still ...

Wishing you all the best.

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