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: African skin tones-in oils

10-13-2016, 11:46 AM
Many years ago --painting-tribal faces was fascinating --

very difficult subjects I thought-- but years of practise in African bush --with cheap paint- achieved some degree of realism ---

compared to European portraits ---I found it easier-----------made many awful mistakes ---but being self taught --had to keep at it --learn the hard way--!-Surrounded by wildlife & African faces ----its a natural progression----------------------------------------------------took 25 yrs of sweat -

Now poor eyesight has me retired ---just don't see too good anymore -

10-13-2016, 01:33 PM
These are wonderful.

Susan Mulno
10-13-2016, 02:42 PM
Incredible pieces! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Welcome to the forum by the way.

10-13-2016, 04:04 PM
great!You are a professional artist,congratulation!:wink:

10-14-2016, 01:48 AM
Thankyou all for the very kind remarks ---really appreciate--(Dick /Susan / Avni
Would like to help in any way I can --retired---have dozens of old canvases gathering dust -

regards --SAFARI--
By the way --the oils I used were home made (pestle &mortar)--brushes from tips of mongoose tails--not perfect ---but got the job done ---without harm to wild creatures--

10-14-2016, 09:40 AM
These are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10-15-2016, 02:40 AM
This forum is great for struggling artists --very kind remarks --

some very brave souls who try difficult subjects --like the sea or water

have my admiration ---nothing venture -nothing gained --keep practising --

---I gave up & took up wood carving /clay sculpture --wood turning on a DIY lathe ----- keeps one busy in old age --
When the world economy ever improves --may venture back into portraits--
tentatively --

regards Safari

10-15-2016, 03:36 AM
what a great paintings!wooooow!:surprise:

Susan Mulno
10-15-2016, 04:49 PM
I am just agog!

10-16-2016, 03:09 AM
Very kind of you --thanks Susan
one day I might get the courage to try cubist impressionism--or similar-

but old & flat broke --nothing sells anymore --
cannot afford canvas & Brushes /oils ---unless I get milling metal oxides again /DIY brushes ?

Your work has HUGE potential --just keep at it --don't be deterred by anyone

its all your hard work ---in the end ---you will reap the benefits -----

do not follow my philosophy ----do not give up !
regards to all the hardworking artists on this great forum ---really nice people !
All the best ---Safari

Susan Mulno
10-16-2016, 01:09 PM
Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement!