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.
Jerry Waese, Artisan watermixable oil paint on gessoed paper for JKPP. Boy, did I have a lot of fun creating this portrait, I hope it shows. The great thing about the Artisan paint (at least on paper) is that you can treat it like oil paint or like watercolor or something inbetween. I will definately use it more often.
I used a limited palette:
Ultramarine blue, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White.
First of all I'd like to wish all the people reading my blog a happy 2012!
I hope you'll stay with me on my artistic journey.
The portrait above is Frida Sofia Martinez, a fellow painter from the JKPP-group on Flickr.
My goal with this painting was to experiment with cooler skintones since I have a tendency to paint them too warm. It was kind of strange to see the gray mixtures on the palette, mixtures which didn't look like skintones at all but once applied to the panel, they looked in place.
What an great thing it is to be a painter, you use a stick with some pighair, rub some pigments mixed in linseed oil to a wooden panel and all of a sudden a face appears. It's a miracle, every time..