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Smooth or Groove?

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Smooth and groove images of person drinking.

The portrait on the left is painted on on a brush-textured surface, and the one on the right is on a smooth panel. They both usually take about the same amount of time to paint as each other give or take .Usually, I paint kids on a smoother surface, but now I'm not so sure that's a slam dunk. They each have merit. As you can see I didn't stick to exactly the same color palette with skin tone. Part of the reason for this is that the wiping-off-the-highlights reductive painting technique is much easier to achieve with a smooth surface. Once you lay paint on a highly textured surface- it's hard to undo. I've been painting a lot more with the textured surfaces for landscapes, and I'm beginning to really feel at home with the activated look of it.

If you're a painter, you know how much the sensory feeling of applying the paint can affect your emotions while putting paint down. Sometimes I feel smooth, and sometimes I feel groovy.

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