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Postby pehiatt » Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:40 am

Erika, You were quite right on the ear it bothered me too. I had already taken the cap down in size once, keep in mind that the cap might define the scull. He is old but still has hair.

The boy's ear has been redrawn twice and the first eye was completely scratched out and redrawn.

Bright sunny morning. We will see what happens today.
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Just more work

Postby pehiatt » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:07 am

Aged the book, added pages and opposite page behind arm
more shadows
added detail – book stand – text on boys page – quill pen
Started boy’s hair
Man’s cap with hair
Refined and warmed up faces.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:45 pm

Text looks wonderful. How did you give the page the aged look?
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Postby Singular » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:17 pm

This looks amazing so far. I may ask you if I can create a tutorial from this once you are done to post on our site.

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Slow and steady

Postby pehiatt » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:05 pm

Erika _ The aging is done using a burnt umber glaze then back again with lights and text.

Singular – Anything that will help the site. I’m honored. Just trying to pay back some of the people who have helped me. Little comments here and there help a lot. I may not reply but I look at everything.

One thing I noticed. There are a lot of things happening in the dark areas that don’t show in the photographs. Also the painting is much warmer.
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Onemore detail

Postby pehiatt » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:29 pm

Central element
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Day 5 moving on Painting time 27 hours

Postby pehiatt » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:15 am

Its time to start thinking about completion.

There are elements that still need to be developed to the same level of completion as those around them. There is also the requirement to make the over all presentation uniform and cohesive. General tone, color, lighting, texture, contrast all have to work together.

I work all over the painting, never concentrating too long in one area. The image is visualized as a whole. Tight details are added without destroying the underlying drawing and
ushwork. I try to leave the paint alive; after all it is a painting. Happy accidents are left alone to keep the image fresh.

The surface needs to be made uniform in gloss. Too much and you have a mirror, uncontrolled paint and glaze looks unfinished and messy. I use the same painting medium without pigment as a retouch varnish. It deepens the color and produces a uniform satin finish when it is completely dry.

The big items left are the man’s arm in the background and the boy’s arm in the foreground. For me these are scary because I don’t want to destroy what is already there.

Surface trash and blemishes need to be worked now while there is an active pallet. I only remove or repair what may be obvious and distracting. You can never produce a pure pristine paint. Stuff works its way in. I have looked very closely at master paintings and more contemporary work and find that many are full of junk. Brush hair, small logs, paint blobs (warts). Rem
andt was the worst, Rubens left a few pieces of trash around.

You can see one on the boy’s closest hand, easy fix. There is one more in the shadow just below the other hand. This poses a problem because I don’t want to repaint the whoe area. I will have to think about that one.

Brigt day, good light. I Start again.
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Paintings are never finished

Postby pehiatt » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:49 pm

Paintings are never finished they are abandoned.

This is about as far as I can go for now, maybe a touch up here and there later. For now it needs to rest and so do I.

Total work time 33 hours over 5 days.


I hope there was something here of interest. Thanks for putting up with me.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:00 pm

Patrick, that was a wonderful journey. And the painting is beautiful. It was such an eye-opener for me. Although pursuing a different path, and not having years of experience, I could identify with those feelings you described: the fear of failure when you start and the abandonment of the work at the end. Looks like they will never go away. And the hours of work won't get any shorter either. :) I learned so much from your experiment...thank you for that!
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Last step - presentation

Postby pehiatt » Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:11 pm

Presentation

This is the painting photographed on the light stand and adjusted for the Giclee print process.

Now comes framing, mats and framing for prints and publishing in my book "Patrick Hiatt Retrospective 2008.

Adding it to my portfolio to drag around to galleries. Marketing is an unfortunate reality.

It really never stops.
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Postby Singular » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:18 pm

Wonderful painting. You did an amazing job from step 1 all the way to the end. Thanks for taking the time to document your progress. It was great to see.

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Postby johnwalkeasy » Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:57 pm

Pat, you said this was a one time thing. I took that to mean this is the only time you will post the progress of a painting. Well, I hope you will have a change of mind on that. You have a clear and simple way of showing things. I have a hard time understanding some of the books I,ve try to read. But I find your way of putting thing to be very enjoyable and easy to understand.
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Thanks for your interest and support

Postby pehiatt » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:52 pm

johnwalkeasy - Your still life with grapes works very well.

I dont want to Hawg the scene. There is a lot of good work being done at ASC.

As time allows and when I tackle something more difficult I may do it again.
I am under pressure to create a large number of works for a line of shows this fall. Some are open subject while others are family appropriate. In effect this means almost 2 bodies of work for me. This is a period of growth and I am learning new things all the time. I will continue to share my progress.

What ASC provides me... One can not work in a vacume and being able to show things and get feed back helps me keep working. Thanks.

Each new work leads to another.
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Postby johnwalkeasy » Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:36 pm

Pat, Thank you for showing this work is progress. Good luck on your upcomming shows.
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Re: Step by Step

Postby garry john » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:01 pm

wow amazing
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Re: Step by Step

Postby Artifex » Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:16 pm

I really enjoyed looking at your process. It was nice to see how everything unfolded.
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Re: Step by Step

Postby sharkbarf » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:29 am

How ambitious to paint that text. It shows what can be done if you apply your self.
This was certainly educational for me. It was kinda hard to see though because the images were so large that I couldn't see them all at once.
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