I still attend life sessions, though not as much now. This was done last Sunday.
It has a soft feel about it. The reason, I think, is that I mistakenly purchased a tube of light ultramarine blue with a misclick of the mouse and decided to use that, instead of my normal u/m blue for this session. Hence the softpastel feel. I might use it again. Some time ago I made a bigger mistake and got phthalo green blue shade instead of phthalo blue green shade. This was a pot, not a tube. But it makes an intense black with cadmium red. It proved a very useful mistake.
Some sessions I am forced to take pastel to a session as they seem to think that washing paint from brushes and palettes causes blocked sinks. I find the restriction irritating and the upshot is, I attend less often. This one, above, was done in pastel at a place that frowns on paint. I included a few of the model’s tattoos here, but trying to paint them can cause confusion – a bit of a problem, as models seem to be covered in more and more of them these days.
I like this model, Arthur. He is in his sixties but has a great physique with excellent muscle definition, and no tattoos – again this was done in pastels.
This is Arthur again, though I used acrylics on this one. I used a blocky style with square brushes. It isnt very apparent here, but on the first painting above, which was done only recently, that blockiness is much more pronounced and I like the painterly effect it produces.
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