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You may remember Steve, a military history buff and reenactment actor who also models. I have painted his head-and-shoulders portrait a few weeks ago. I decided to paint him again in a half-length format to show his Civil-War Union lieutenant colonel uniform with his sword, buckle and all.
Many paintings go through "I can't take this crap of a painting any more"; I hit the wall in the last week's session. I, however, persevered and was able to finish it yesterday. I could have developed those authentic buttons more, but was afraid of them distracting the viewer from Steve's thoughtful, weathered face with a wonderful beard. So I suggested rather than defined them. I rather like the portrait. How about you?