Practice Oil Paintings and Sketches

By Madison DuVeau

By Madison DuVeau

I know I’ve been away a while, but I have been studying to better my skills. I love the process. This is some of what I have accomplished so far. Painting from photographs are not best. Painting from life with natural light would be ideal. Portraits with smiles are just plain goofy. It’s difficult to find photos of people NOT smiling.

Self-Portrait Madison

Madison DuVeau

Madison DuVeau


I’m working on my first self-portrait. I’m not sure about the background colour with the skin tones I have used. I’ve yet to tackle the hair waiting on the background. Any comments are welcome. Updated post. I changed the background and now I think it looks right. Still the hair needs work.

From oil to GraphiteI started drawing this piece with no idea of what it was going to be. Why?   I read somewhere that when painting, it’s  best to lay down a stroke, leave it alone, and go from there.  Maybe good for painting, but NOT with a medium such as graphite.  Graphite does not wipe away as oil colour does.  One lacks the benefit of going back 20 minutes in to the drawing and changing one eye or a too high eye brow.  I pushed the gum eraser into the paper so hard and nothing. The misplaced line was still there to stay.  I realized he had no ears. Oh no! And no neck. Hummm.  Ahh , a raise the scarf, and weirder hair.  We’ll you get my point.  Practice, practice , practice, learn, learn, learn.