|Steve is relaxing|
I did a lot of work on Steve's mouth, beard,neck and ears. Also worked on the background and while I worked noticed that an old bad habit had come back. I was wiping my brush on my belly or any rag that was convenient.
I tend to mix oils with my brush. The paint builds up and the brush needs shaping. I shape the brush on me or whatever will do that's close to me. This is not a good idea. It leads to paint smearing everywhere and more difficult stains to scrub out. Nevertheless, I really don't like mixing colors with a palette knife. A palette knife is okay for a paint run of gradations of skin tones, but not for the other tints and shades that pop to mind
while balancing values. I'm going to have to grow up and use the knife--or at least fold some toweling into a wipe pad.
Have a wonderful weekend.