Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dry Brush Technique....
     An interesting concept that was brought to life by artisans in the marketplace that needed a quick yet dry to the touch way of painting portraits.  The concept...1 tube of oil paint, any color, but more common color is black plus sewing machine oil and watercolor paper.  That is it.  This is my practice piece.  Just an apple, something simple, it took an hour.

It gives a rough look in the light areas so I will have to find a way to smooth it out.  Check out this website to view some amazing dry brush portraits by Igor Kazarin.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Centenis" from the beginning


I first start with a sketch. For this painting, I am going to do an underpainting first before I lay in color.

This is what I use for my underpainting.  I like Gamblin paint because it is creamier than others however you will see me use other paints because I am an art supply hoarder and cannot pass up a clearance sale.

After 1.5 hours, I have nice idea of where the shading and composition will be and it gives me an opportunity to change something before color goes on.


Another 2 hours into it I like to start laying down color in the background first.  This gives me a sense of what I would like to do with the subject.  I have also added more lights and darks to the giraffe (but not color)

I have watched a tutorial on realistic fur from Jason Morgan. So I am going to try his technique. I put a thin glaze over the giraffe and let that dry until the next day and I keep working the background,  My glaze is made with Liquin and a small amount of my paint. That must dry before I do anything else to her.

Today I only put another layer of glaze on the giraffe and let it dry til tomorrow.

Well I hope this works because right now she is ugly and I am nervous.  I lay in small strokes of fur in white.  I used titanium white but next time I will use zinc white because it is the most transparent of the white family.  I have almost completed the background, I will probably not do anything else to it until I get most of the giraffe done.  I may need to blur it a bit more because I want the contrast of a crisp clear giraffe in front of a blurry background.

This is all I have for now......more to come later....

Friday, November 4, 2016

I have been away too long....

Its been 3 years since I have painted anything and this week I started 2 new paintings, I am currently updating my posts and learning the new features of this website.  I will be posting soon....