Today we leave our little paradise in Indio, California and head to Dallas, Texas for a family wedding. It will be great to see everyone, it is going to be nice to see the Texas landscape and refresh my memory of the state that I was born in. I always wondered if I was supposed to end up living in Texas but South Dakota won my heart. I should be back home around May 1st and am looking forward to trying a new medium: water soluble oils. I want to continue to begin my paintings with OPEN acrylics but see if there is a difference if I finish them with water soluble oils. Perhaps this would be a good place to ask you – what do you love about oils? What is it that you can achieve in your portrait work with oils that you cannot achieve with acrylics?
What is your favorite skin tone base? Do you use a limited palette or a wide variety of colors? What are your favorite mixing mediums?
These are all questions I seek answers to. The thing that drives me forward is my own dissatisfaction with my work. I haven’t yet achieved the level of realism that I am seeking in facial features and skin tones. I would love to hear your ideas on this topic here in the comments section.