This painting was another experiment for the JKPP on flickr.com. I tried a technique used by Jos van Riswick, who has mastered this technique to perfection. His still lifes and portraits are gorgeous.
The idea is to paint into a thin layer of medium (a 50/50 mixture of standoil and liquin) so the paint has the same consistency throughout the painting session. I still have to get used to this technique but for a first attempt I'm not unhappy. What is critical I think is to try to match the tones and hues as close as possible from the start and error on the dark side. You can always go lighter but darker is more problematic especially in dark passages that have to stay transparent.
In the end I used the painting knife because I felt the background needed some texture. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
|"Julia Kay", oil on cardboard, 40x30cm|
Julia's main thread is here.
All the paintings from the same reference photo are here.