This week’s art is a small acrylic painting of a lovely girl’s face.  It’s not based on anyone real, but a few folks who have seen it guessed that it was.  I’ve never been great at drawing faces, so I wanted to try painting one from scratch without photo reference or a live model. I chose a limited pallete to work with, and tried a combination of very thin and very thick paint. I was going for an oil paint look, without the mess of actually using oil paints. I like the way it came out, but I’m not sure about my “lighting.”

I used a few traditional brushes but supplemented my arsenal with makeup sponges and dental brush picks, which I’ve been using a lot lately.  Those were great for the hair detail. To be honest, most of her hair detail was created by adapting Bob Ross’s “happy little trees” technique.

I tried scanning this, but it kept creating bizarre moiré patterns with the grain of the canvas, so I wound up photographing it and then color-balancing it to make it look closer to the original.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a recent episode of Psychedelic Shack, and then at 3 PM a recent edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player elsewhere on this page.

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM. You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

At 8 PM you can hear part three of David Mitchell’s history of British comedy on an encore episode of Comedy Vault. Part four, the concluding chapter, will debut Wednesday night.

Tonight at 9 PM we kick off a thirty-six hour marathon of Radio Free Charleston.  Your humble blogger has not taken a week off from RFC in three months, and with a doctor’s appointment and magazine deadline looming, Something had to give. So to let folks play catch-up, in this marathon you’ll  hear every episode of RFC from 2023 (so far) plus a few from last December, tacked on because I counted wrong when I was adding things up.