Monday, 10 October 2011
study of dreams series 2/vi 12" x 16"
oils on canvas
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I recently watched a video by Scott Waddell and used his model (i mean the actual person frozen on computer screen) and his palette to paint this portrait. it was interesting to compare my choices with his ... an excellent learning experience. it was quite a challenge to work deprived of colours that i am instinctively drawn to but it makes one more creative to use what they have. Scott starts with a pencil sketch of the subject and then transfers that to canvas and outlines it with raw umber. he then works like an ant over the surface of the face moulding it with the paint.
my process is rather different: i start with my brush and raw umber diluted with a mix of turps and linseed and feel my way around the face... several hours and even a day later i am still fiddling around with the underpainting. then i move in with the other colours, developing form and sometimes i make major changes to my underpainting as i really get to know the face. i take short breaks as i become quite blind to the larger picture
perhaps this painting would not have been done if a portrait i had been working on for over two weeks had not been destroyed;)