Saturday, April 22, 2017


My adult class wanted to learn some techniques to do a portrait in oil so I lead them through a step by step method used by the old masters.  First a wash of burnt umber, then a sketch in burnt umber w shadows, lights... like a sepia toned old photo.  Next a spray of damar retouch varnish, after it dries apply a transparent layer of skin tone, sky, grass etc.  Last step is opeque paint.  or maybe one more step... you can apply another glazing coat on the final piece to give warmth to the cheeks for instance.
Anyways here is the process using  a painting by Thayer as a jumping off point.  The finished piece is on ebay auction this week.  To Visit my Ebay Gallery.... CLICK HERE 

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