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I'm completely in love with linen! Having just purchased it, I feel all charged up and wanting to paint up a storm. I worked on this piece quite a bit, and feel pretty happy with it. I'm finding that a more deliberate and delicate touch is reuired when painting on this surface. This surprised me as I always thought that the surface would be similar to canvas. Perhaps it's the fact that it is primed with oil rather than acrylic gesso. In any case, I'm loving it and the work that comes off my brush. I'm still challenged by photographing linen however. It refracts light pretty easily - not something you notice with your eye but the camera really sees it. As a result, I've had to play in photoshop to get an accurate representation. I think this is close, however, there is a bit more orange in the larger photo on the lemons than there is in actuality. Here's a detail shot of this piece. The lemons look more accurate here. As I've taken more time with this larger piece, I'll be starting bidding at $85 with no reserve.
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