I'm trying something new here. Before I post the finished product I'm requesting the large community of blogger artists to put their two cents in. I have been working on this portrait for more than a year, maybe close to a year and a half. I can't seem to finish it. I'm very happy with the progress I have made, but I'm having some problems, the technical kind. What happens when after so much paint has been applied that you loose the texture of the canvas and the oil paint has nothing to grab on to when it is being applied?
This is what's happening to Steve's face. I have applied so many layers to the face that it has become this smooth glossy thing and when I want to paint on it the oil doesn't stick, and if I keep applying more color it starts to get muddy. Has any one encountered this problem before, and if so what did you do to get some texture back? I have been working this painting with Sun Thickened Linssed Oil and turp but I'm thinking of mixing cold wax medium to bring some of that texture but I'm some what hesitant. I'm always worried that mixing too many mediums could turn out to be disastrous to the longevity of the painting.
I hope one of you out there could help me out a little bit. Maybe I'm getting too precious with this painting. It always seem that I'm so close to being done but it never passes this stage. I keep repainting things. I would appreciate your comments greatly. Take care all and happy painting!