pictures and words by paul mccall

November 2018
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Filed under: Open Studio Painting
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 8:37 pm

I go to an open model painting/drawing session almost every Thursday night at Herron Art School which is now a part of IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University of Indianapolis). Since I just started this blog I’ll do a little backtracking and post the quick oil studies I’ve done since the sessions started in January ‘06.
Each session is 3 hours long but with breaks there’s only about 2 hours of real work time.

January 19th I started out the year with a bang. I was happy with this one and several other people in the session complimented me on it.

One of my many oil painting problems is that I’ve been mixing up a batch of flesh color, slapping it on and then going in later and trying to insert other colors. With this I tried laying in the other (non flesh) colors first. Plus dealing with masses instead of doing a line drawing and then coloring it in. All these problems are a result of my trying to overcome my history as a line and airbrush artist for over 20 years. More on that later.

January 26, still going strong. Different model. Closed in for a portrait study. Same thing as last week, laid in masses of color then made it into flesh tones.


February 2. Same model. Still doing well, in my opinion. Pulled back to get some practice on folds since the consensus was that the model have some clothing on that night.


February 9. This is the same model as the first image if you can believe it! You can see I’m concentrating on large shapes and less on a likeness. At times it’s nice just to experiment with paint application.


February 16. Again, same model. A little more thought toward likeness but still more concerned with large areas. This is a small canvas and I was using large brushes.


February 23. Different model, looks a lot like the actress from Sex & the City.


I skipped the March 2nd, not much sleep Wednesday night left me feeling less than capable of standing up and painting from 7 to 10 PM.

March 9th. Up until the past few weeks I’ve tended to paint very thin, a canvas stainer, and I want to be comfortable laying on thick paint. So this time I used a palette knife for more of this than a brush. Not a bad start.

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