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Old 15 November 2006, 09:57 PM   #41
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jonathan fallon,
you have created an excellent tribute to cole & rita with your new website. if you'd like to post the progress of my portrait of cole, or a link to this thread, you have my permission. i would appreciate artist credit. thanks!
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Old 15 November 2006, 10:40 PM   #42
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you really have excellent suggestions for my painting, despite your not being an artist yourself. good eye there! hey, sorry i took so long to reply. since that little lonely episode where i was talking to myself, i got really busy preparing to leave for the east coast for a few days away from the aerodrome, to meet with other aerodrome forumites!! it was great! nineteen of us met in new york at the cradle of aviation museum. rolled up my cole portrait and took him along. met mike o'neal and two of his paintings in person at our meeting.
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Old 1 January 2007, 12:52 PM   #43
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another one in the works

over the holiday break, i've started another cole palen portrait. am working on it in my livingroom, which is a little warmer than my studio in locke. still need to finish the previous portrait, but at the moment am more enthusiastic about this one. am about 85% done with it:

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much appreciated, jonathan! soon, i'll get back to working on this latest portrait af Cole. it's been too cold in my studio lately to bring myself to sit for a few hours at a time to paint. am so looking forward to warmer weather.

here's a photo i took of it last weekend on an easel in my studio/gallery and a lady checking out my portrait wall.

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Old 11 April 2007, 09:11 AM   #45
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a quick bump before this thread closes for inactivity and to say that i really will add more to this half-done Cole Palen portrait soon. am going to resume work on five aviation paintings at the same time - hopefully next week - in order to get closer to completion on all of them.
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last touched this portrait a number of months ago...

today, i resumed working on it and put in four hours just on cole's face and goggles. i kind of like the loose scribble effect i have here and am considering not going over it in oils and blending and refining it any further. if you move back about fifteen feet from your computer monitor, his face looks pretty realistic, yet up close it is very painterly...




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looking with fresh online eyes

it's a very useful tool to be able to take a digital shot, put it on the computer, and look at the portrait in a scaled down version. after posting the updated image of cole's face last night, i come back and look at it this morning with new, rested eyes.

thinking outloud here... my checklist for changes i need to make to his face:
i have him just a bit cross-eyed - need to fix that - synchronize reflective spots
add a few lighter, near white reflections on his goggles' lenses and trim
lessen the near-white on his nose - now looks too bulbous.
add transition shading where black scarf meets neck
check ear details
check line separating lips
add slightly darker tones to eyelids
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today i was sifting through some of my old photos i had taken in 1988 while spending a week at old rhinebeck and i came across one that inspired me to grab a pencil and draw. here it is. although it is only a quick and loose sketch, i hope the other artists don't mind that i posted it upstairs in the gallery.


i hope to get back to the cole palen painting soon, but right now have a few other ones that need more progress.
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made some progress today

sat outside for a few hours on my porch at the studio and made a bit more headway. still a lot of work to go though.

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hm, i wonder if who took this photo someone sent me of cole palen in the early 1970's...wonder if i'm infringing the photographer's copyrights by painting from it...well, i guess i'll make enough changes to it to try not to. but how many changes? hm...
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