Throwback- oil figure study

Just found this figure study in oil from when I was 19. While im not too impressed with my younger self's preservation skills (Crumbled up and off the stretcher bar) I am impressed with the painting skills.

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Under painting progress- detail feet

Detail of painting -progress oil on linen under painting  

Progress- oil on linen under painting  

Progress- oil on linen under painting  

starting a new underdrawing😃

Detail of underdrawing for a new oil on linen work

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NYC & me...5 year anniversary!!

I moved to NYC 5 years and a week ago.  4 days after I moved here I had my first and only solo bike accident without a helmet.. i completed my first week reconnecting with old friends covered in bandages.  

I was so excited to do a group gallery show the first month I was in NYC with artists from all over the world in the LES organized by Alexandra Catalan.

 Like a strong woman that captures  you with her tenacity; NYC is opinionated and passive ...alluring and vile...passionate and chill... I am smitten and I dont think Ill ever leave her.

here is a photo of the underdrawing of my beautiful friend Cyrina that was the first painting I began in NYC 5 years ago today. 

it seems like yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time

 

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I just learned this trick...

After washing paint brushes (i prefer non toxic and use "the masters brush cleaner")   Individually wrap the brushes in a paper towel to hold the desired shape.  This will help wick away moisture and allow the brushes retain proper form.

Attached below a short clip showing how well brushes hold shape after drying flat with the paper towl wrap.

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