Oil painting demo from Artist Camille Barnes


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Drawing progression

Modern day example (above) of a charcoal portrait drawing. The quality of this medium is excellent. It should always be framed under glass to protect the artwork.  Hang the finished work away from direct sunlight to protect it from UV rays.

The History of Charcoal drawings:

Charcoal was often a key component of cave painting with examples dating back to at least 28,000 years ago.[9]

One of the oldest painting is a picture of a zebra found at the Apollo cave in Namibia.

In the renaissance Charcoal was widely used but few works of art survived due to charcoal particles flaking off the canvas. At the end of the 15th century a process of submerging the drawings in a gum bath was implemented to prevent the charcoal from flaking away. charcoal paintings date as far back as ca.23,000 BC. 

Artsy Still Life

A simple still-life of common objects can reveal the artist's love of color and his passion for the medium he or she uses.  In my studio are many such objects, I see them almost everyday.  In appreciation of the art of creating art this painting came to be.

Studio still life

Oil on Canvas


Scandalous Artist

Caravaggio was know to use prostitutes as models, as in this painting of the death of Mary (mother of Jesus). circa1606 It was documented that the painting was rejected by the patron who commissioned it because of that - or the other reason for rejection might have been because of the improper manner in how Mary was depicted.  


It can be seen at the Louve in Paris.


Michelangelo only sign one piece of artwork.

When it was unveiled a proud Michelangelo stood by and watched as people admired the beautiful Pieta. However, what was pride quickly turned into anger as he overheard a group of people attributing the work to other artists of his time. That anger caused Michelangelo to add one last thing to his sculpture. Going down the sash on the Virgin Mary, Michelangelo carved his name. He later regretted that his emotions got the best of him and vowed to never sign another one of his works again.