Alla Prima portrait silent film actress Lily Brayton.

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Hi People,

I’m continuing my series of silent film actresses with Lily Brayton. I try to only spend 8 hours max on these even though they are not that small. I spent a little more time on this one, but there are still issues about it and this one spanned two weekend, because I couldn’t get this finished last week.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Sketchbook Girl with a Dragon.

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Hey people, almost three fourths finished with my large painting and I’m looking and thinking about ideas for the next one. I’ll probably develop this sketch that I made quite a while ago. I was looking at a lot of Jeffery-Catherine Jones’ painting and I got the idea for this. I still like the idea behind this, a girl with her dragon, partners in crime looking at what they had just stole or robbed together. The dragon looks to friendly, I’ve been looking at iguana and their anatomy trying to get ideas and their skin patterns. I’ll be making a detailed drawing of this before I start. I’ll also be painting this on illustration board, which will be a first for me. But first I have to finish my painting that I’m painting now.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bill

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All Prima portrait Constance Bennett.

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Hey people, still painting wet on this one, I just finished this a couple of minutes ago and the paint is still wet. This is the beautiful Constance Bennett one of the highest paid starlets of the 20s and 30s.  I concentrated on the hair and face and tried to painterly finish the dress, concentrating more the values. I used a limited palette of the colors prussian blue, naples yellow,  raw umber, crimson red, burnt sienna and of course white. I’ll be doing these portraits until I finish my next larger painting, which I am half way finished with. This way I have the feeling that I am getting something done while working on my larger painting during the week.

Thanks for looking in and stay healthy,

Bill

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Silent film actress Ann Murdock painting.

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Continuing my silent film actress series with Ann Murdock. More alla prima practice, I’m really liking the wet on wet style of painting. It takes a little patience to build up form but the painterly shading and rendering is what I really like about painting like this.

After researching and finding out information about these young actresses in the early film business, one finds a lot of tragic stories. Many of these beautiful attractive women who had been successful either in film or modeling ended either very poor or worse. This is definitely a project that started for me with the intent to draw or paint these people, but the more I found out about each person I learned about their difficult private lives and how fate dealt them devastating blows.

Thanks for looking in and stay curious,

Bill

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My first Alla Prima Painting.

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Hey people, I had an A-Ha moment this weekend. Now I admit, I’m probably not the brightest light bulb in the chandelier, even though I like to think myself so at times. I’ve been painting in oil for close to six years now and it took me this long to figure this out. When I think about this it is still a little embarrassing with all the wealth of knowledge at your finger tips through the Internet.  Heres the story: I bought a block of oil painting paper last weekend so that I could experiment trying out different painting techniques without wasting a canvas board. I decided to try an alla prima painting, that is wet on wet that is painted in one sitting. Now, I’ve always have been bothered that it usually takes me a heck of a long time to “build-up” layers in a painting just to get it to look somewhat like the picture in my head , or my reference pictures that I use. It never really occurred to me to paint with the paints straight out of the tube without adding oil or other ingredients to make the paint follow better. Well I tried that this weekend, and I loved it. I guess the reason I never tried this is because in my head wet on wet painting was something Bob Ross would do to get his happy trees. Don’t get me wrong, I have respect for Mr. Ross, he built a huge business by painting on TV and selling his paints. Ask anyone who Bob Ross is and they had watched the guy with the afro  paint mountain streams within minutes, but he wasn’t considered a master painter. My picture of wet on wet painting has changed and I’ll probably use this technique on my other paintings and then go over them in glazes (this was my A-Ha moment). Now when I go back and look at all my favorite painters and see their work that they didn’t finish for some reason or another, I always wondered why the parts that were finished were rendered out to almost being the final painting, now I know why.

Now this painting isn’t perfect and there are mistakes in it that I can see, but I won’t say where. If you haven’t tried it yet, try it. It was a lot of fun and I will be doing this on my weekends instead of doing my pastel drawings, or I’ll change off every other week.

Thanks for looking in and stay creamy,

Bill

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Pastel portrait Ann Amery, silent film actress.

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Hey people, continuing my silent film actress series. I’ll be doing around ten to fifteen portraits and then will be selling them on Ebay.  I’m still slapping down paint on my portrait painting, I still didn’t make it past the under painting, so that means my painting is staring at me from the corner saying, “What did you do to me.” Oil painting is some times like sky diving without a parachute and your desperately looking for a good place to land, where it won’t hurt quite so much. No, no, serious now, I have everything under control. Its not just a portrait painting though, to be honest I threw in a raven and a foggy background, because ravens and foggy backgrounds are cool, just like bow-ties and cowboy hats.

Thanks for looking in and stay cool baby,

Bill

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Silent film actress Maud Feally Portrait.

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Continuing the silent film actress series, heres another portrait from the beautiful Maud Feally. I tried something different on this one, I rendered the face in detail and suggested the other parts. So far I got a very positive reaction to this one. Now that I finished my last painting, “The First Sword of Braavos” I started a portrait, but I won’t be showing any work-in-progress shot because I believe it takes something away from the final reveal. Oh well, on to the next one.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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The First Sword of Braavos, oil painting.

 

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“The first sword of Braavos does not run.” When I read that passage in the first book of the Games of Thrones series this character captured my imagination. As a boy I ate up the Three Musketeers. I would make wooden swords and my sister and I would play sword fight. I pictured Syrio Forell almost as an older D’Artagnan, proud and intelligent. I painted this in just over two months and I learned quite a bit, it is also the biggest and complexest painting that I painted so far. I also gained quite a bit of confidence in myself while painting this.

”Thanks for looking in and stay hungry,

Bill

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Gabriella Ray Portrait, silent movie actress series.

 

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Hi people, heres another portrait in my silent movie actress series. I figured out how to lay the basic textures in pastel and then go over it with colored pencils. I am able to work up the detail very quickly. I’ll probably be able to show my last painting next week. I think I should be getting done with it this week, that is if nothing comes in between.

Thanks for looking and stay busy,

Bill

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Portrait Maude Fealy, the first in a silent movie actress series.

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I’m Starting a silently film actress series of drawings. This is the first in the series, the actresses name is Maude Fealy. These will be done in Pastels and the fine details in colored pencils. I have about two more weeks of work on my swordsman painting. I’m working on skin tones and highlights now so progress is picking up. I still need to work on the footpath leading into the city.

Thanks for stopping by and stay healthy,

Bill

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