Beginning with graphite and grey gesso as an underpainting this expressive portrait emerges in an explosion of color. When this piece was done, as usual, I kept it on the easel or a few days. When ever I caught myself gazing at it, I seemed to be drawn into it, then thrust out only to find the process repeating itself, like a boomerang! There is a coat of archival varnish applied to enhance the texture and color. Painting is on gallery wrap canvas with sides painted; arrives ready to hang.”
Beginning with graphite and grey gesso as an underpainting this expressive portrait emerges in an explosion of color. It is an acrylic painting mounted onto a 1.5″ wood cradle with sides painted black,
….a medium that I tend to resist. I’m really intimidated by process but am going to give it my best efforts. I am not a realistic painter, however, think for a learning process, and getting a feel for the technique, it’s probably a good idea to go there for now (as much as possible) until I get a better skill set.
If you can recognize the subject, then I am making some progress
on a dark background. The first layers of paint create a dark background. Before the acrylic paint is dry an indication of the figure pose is brushed on using a red shade. After that I start wiping out the figure to define light and shadow. Last step is to add finishing touches to the subject.
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