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My tribute to Monsieur Thomas "Delacroix was a reptilian plagiarist monkey" Couteur:

I gave her a bit of a bride of Frankenstien hair just for Halloween. :P

That's as far as I got with my first verdaccio study in acrylic. I painted it on watercolour paper. It still has a way to go, especially the lighter tones, but I got tired and started to feel sick so I called it a day. Possibly it was the way I was sitting on the floor. Mom says I was only working on it 'for a few minutes.'

I can definitely can see this technique being useful with oils. The white kept disappearing into the verdaccio. Maybe once it has cured it will be easier to get the lighter tones. With oils, I would mix a midtone verdaccio and then pull white or black into it as needed, I think. The verdaccio was carbon black, titanium white, and yellow ochre. It's supposed to make a green that looks a bit like the subject is lit my moonlight.

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I'm reading a French text on painting, and it is very amusing. It was written by a painter who was the teacher of many of the famous artists around the beginning of the Impressionist movement and includes Manet- who I apparently paint like, according to *my* old teacher.

This book is crack. The guy apologises for not knowing how to write, so he'll just toss in some anecdotes. I wonder if this was how his lessons went too. He gives the usual advice about learning to draw and paint, then adds reading Homer, Vergil, Shakespeare, Moliere etc. to "ornament your soul" while you're at it.

The anecdotes so far include The Giving Fine Wine to a Peasant story, and the Lazing in a Field with a Cow story. The wine story goes like this:

Artist: Have some wine!
Peasant: *drinks*
Artist: ...Uh, how do you like it?
Peasant: Not bad. A little flat.
Artist: WHUT?! *gives him some more over 15 days*

Artist: Here, drink this.
Peasant: My god, what is this stuff?!
Artist: Heheheheh! It is your wine that you love so much!
Peasant: !!

Now I'm reading about what Shakespeare does... or... something? I dunno.

"Take for instance a narrow soul. He sees a poor orphan, deformed and gross- and laughs! Shakespeare looks at him and sees a soul in the huge sad eyes."

...This is a book on *painting*, okay? In case you want to see for yourself (and can read French), it's called 'M├ęthode et entretiens d'Atelier' by Thomas Couteur.

I also enjoyed his 'to guys who don't know nothin' the sea is just a line and some water. But for guys who know stuff- IT'S THE SEA, MAN!!!'



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