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Portrait Painting Demonstration Using a Painting Knife

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Refining the Face
Portrait Painting with a Painting Knife
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I worked on the face some more, refining the features a little. I was fairly pleased with the painting at this stage, but not totally pleased. The various elements in the painting (the face, the window, sofa, wall) worked individually, but not together sufficiently.

So I stood back for a few minutes and thought about what I'd done, and what I might do to improve it. I decided the face didn't dominate the composition and needed to be bigger...

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