Thursday, June 12, 2008

After the green layer (plus rubbing off highlights...)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Grisaille Painting, again

Since this is my summer to get back into COLOR, and to re-bond with oil painting, I thought I'd go back the the "old master" layer technique I learned in high school, with an added twist. I'm going to incorporate Grisaille.
I tried this technique about a year ago, with limited success.
But this time I'm going back to oil (as opposed to acrylics), and I have the hazy summer days ahead of me.
I chose a portrait; a close-up of a face I know well to start with as I'm mostly working on technique for this first painting.

First I made the grisalle in light washes of India Ink.
These got progressively darker as I worked them.
(Below you can see the progression.)

After a loose grisaille, I made a wash of a bright, transparent red, (cadmium) thinned out with a lot of turpentine.

Next layer I'll do an opaque dark green (terra verte), thinned out with Turp, but a little less so than the red layer, so that I can work fat over lean.

Friday, June 06, 2008


Light has a way of sneaking up and surprising you.
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