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After four days of glazing

I am feeling more confident with the indirect painting technique. However, I think the best way for me to proceed is by alternating between underpainting and glazing, which probably is illogical but is the only way for me to be totally engaged. As it is, I have drawing corrections to make, so this painting will proceed that way anyway. The ear of the foreground figure needs to be redrawn, and the shadows and light are not clearly defined in the legs. So tomorrow will consist of more underpainting work on those areas. This has been a great learning experience for me, and yet, even with the mistakes, I am still quite pleased with the results. And, speaking of cherubs just hanging out with figures, here is a beautiful painting by Gerrit van Honthorst, which I discovered after I decided to have cherubs in my own painting, and was asked why.Elise Dodeles untitled 4 oil on canvas 36x48w

Two drawings and a painting

I have begun two classes, one through the New York Academy of Art and one with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Both are excellent, as Evan Kitson and Peter Van Dyck are knowledgeable, hard-working artists and teachers. I have been working during the past few weeks on drawing the human form, and these are some of the results. I started the painting today, incorporating some of the figures I have been drawing. Dodeles_figure waiting graphite 9x12 2021 Dodeles_figure walking graphite 2021 Dodeles_Elise_Offering_1stday_oil on canvas_16x20_01312021

After hearing Lombard speak so movingly about his mother, Posy Lombard, a civil rights activist, I knew I had to paint his portrait.

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