Painting for September 23 WIP

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Face Study no. 17 – acrylic and oil on wood panel, 6″ x 8″

I always lose steam by the end of the week, so today’s painting for the 30 in 30 challenge might be a little late…

On the plus side, I might have figured out the best working method for me:

  1. Apply acrylics for the base “flats”, smooth where possible
  2. Paint the eyes and other fine details in acrylics ONLY
  3. Paint over only certain areas in water-soluble oils as needed.

And that way, I’ll get my nice, smooth surfaces, and my fine detail, and not want to tear my hair out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In case you were wondering, this painting is 90% acrylic.ย  I only painted over in oils parts of her nose, lips, ear, and the lower part of her cheek.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Painting for September 23 WIP

    1. Ah! But not just any oils! I use water-mixable oils, and more specifically, Holbein’s Duo Aqua Oils. As far as I know, they are the only water-mixable oils out there than can be mixed with acrylics (or watercolours, or gouache). That’s what it says on their website, and I’m holding them to it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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