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The Artist’s Eye

The Artist’s Eye, oil painting by artist, Bj. deCastro

The Artist’s Eye, oil painting by Bj. deCastro is done

The Artist’s Eye oil painting is done. Now it will sit in my gameroom until it is cured. The Artist's Eye painting is done. Now it will sit in my gameroom while it cures. http://t.co/3tFf8xeq — Bj. deCastro (@bjdecastro) June 14, 2012     Blog this! Share on Facebook Tweet it Bookmark Tell a friend

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The Artist’s Eye – details

At this stage of the painting, I have over 20 hrs of work. I add my smaller detail brushes, sizes 0 and up, to my repertoire for the day and begin the details. Visuallly, the changes are minimal. Can you see the differences? I am now, for the first time, making a conscience effort to … Continue reading »

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The Artist’s Eye – large details

I set my larger brushes aside and move to smaller sized rounds for adding and blending the initial detail work. Changes are subtle as I move all around the canvas correcting color, shapes and values. My easel is setup next to a closet with mirrored doors, so as I work I can view my progress … Continue reading »

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The Artist’s eye – Midtones

  While my dark contrasts are still wet, I like to move right into the midtone values. This allows me to move the oil paint around and blend more easily, so I can keep the structure of the different elements in check. I am still using filbert brushes (as large as possible) for these initial … Continue reading »

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The Artist’s Eye – Laying in the darks

  Next I start laying in the darkest values. The painting starts looking weird again at this stage due to the extremes. I am not concerned with detail yet and even the structure will be fine-tuned at a later point. Blog this! Share on Facebook Tweet it Bookmark Tell a friend

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The Artist’s Eye – fill layer

  Using a medium sized filbert brush on the flat side, I start laying in fill color. My goal here is to fill the entire canvas with the first layer of paint. This layer has less Turpenoid added in the paint mix to the consistancy of sour cream. In oil painting, you need to paint … Continue reading »

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“The Artist’s Eye” – oil on canvas

  After the canvas is Gesso covered and dried. I begin by sketching right on the canvas with charcoal. Next, I begin the underpainting process mixing the colors with Turpenoid to a ‘watercolor’ consistancy. The entire canvas is covered with this thin oily mix in base and complimentary colors. Some values are emphasized to keep … Continue reading »

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