Friday, February 3, 2012

"Gary Tausch", oil painting portrait



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"Gary Tausch", oil on paper

Another portrait done for the very active JKPP-Flickr group.
This one was done with W&N Artisan watermixable oil paint on gessoed watercolor paper.
I set out to do a full color painting, started the drawing with thinned burnt umber and decided to leave the color for another painting :)

Know when to stop is a lesson I remembered from reading 'Alla Prima' by Richard Schmid.

14 comments:

Pat said...

Great feeling in this portrait. Outstanding! xx

Erik van Elven said...

Thank you very much Pat!

renate said...

What an expression on that face with one eye! Good choise to do the painting in one color. Very nice!

hmuxo said...

Love this drawing!! Looks good with only the burnt umber..

Erik van Elven said...

Thank you Renate! I believe the reference picture was taken after he had some kind of eye-surgery.

Erik van Elven said...

Thank you Hilda! Looking forward to an update on your blog!

Hanneke Naterop said...

Mooie kop Erik!

Erik van Elven said...

Dank je Hanneke!

Jane said...

Awesome portrait, I like the use of just one color. I don't know the water mixable oil paint, does it have the same consistence and brightness as the oil based paint?

AK said...

Love your work. Its fabulous.

Erik van Elven said...

Hi Jane, thanks!
About the watermixable oil paint (WMO), there are many brands available, I only have experience with Talens and Winsor & Newton. I've heard good things about Holbein too although it is more expensive and harder to obtain in Europe. In general I think brightness and consistency is better in regular oilpaint. But there is less smell with the wmo so I use it when I'm painting in the livingroom instead of the studio. Also as I've noticed, you can use them in a watercolor kind of fashion when used on gessoed paper, a lot of fun.
If you're interested I suggest you first try a white+black tube to see if you like the effect. If you have more questions please let me know.
Best wishes,
Erik

Erik van Elven said...

Thanks Asit! Beautiful watercolors on your blog.

Oil Paintings said...

Love this drawing!Beautiful watercolors on your post.

Erik van Elven said...

Thank you Oil Paintings!

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