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Tonight's model was Sean, a model of Rubenesque proportions who was a pleasure to paint, and it turns out she's a long-time reader of CSB to boot. The most interesting thing about the evening, though, was how Painter revived the frustrations I used to be engulfed with as an oil painting student 70 or 80 years ago. I had decided to use only the oil painting brush this time, to simulate the oil painting experience as closely as possible. And boy did I simulate it! Turns out that you can build up a muddy thick mess that eventually becomes unworkable, just like with real oil paints. Why they wanted to incorporate that experience into Painter, I don't have a clue, but it brought back with an unpleasant immediacy the vexation that arises from shoving around gobs of colored mud with each stroke producing unintended and usually putrid results. Granted, you get 20 more undos than you do in the real world, but in a picture consisting of tens of thousands of strokes, 20 undos doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have 20 undos available in real life, but only if I could leapfrog around and pick out a few horrible decisions to erase. As it is, undoing my last 20 foolish acts would take me back maybe a couple of hours at most.