I finally was able to attend an open session at Patris Studio. It was good to be there drawing and painting from life. I started off with a pencil drawing which took about an hour. The next two hours was painting in oils with the Zorn limited palette – titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.
Still working only with Zorn palette; a limited palette of just four colors; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Even with just those four, I feel there is so much colors I can reproduce. The Zorn palette works well with portraits and figures but with landscapes and still not quite sure.
Since the photo was from Pinterest and probably copyrighted, I cannot sell the painting.
My youngest son loves to style his hair. When he was around 10, he grew it very long and would swing his head around to flip his hair around. Now in his 20s he shaves the sides very close and leave the top long.
This is a oil portrait of a young man who posed for me at the International Festival. I was struck by how the light hit his face – nice shadows and light. So taken a photo of him, I painted this portrait. Again I’m using the Zorn palette. Because of the success of the sale of this portrait No. 34, I’m aiming to complete portrait.
I’m still continue the pencil with white charcoal on toned paper portrait. The drawing of Morgan was done from a live model at Patris’ Studio. It took about 40 minutes. Then for the next 2 hours, I worked in oils again using the Zorn palette.
I feel pretty good about the colors. She is a fair skinned model and I have a tendency to make the light colors too light. So I started deeper and rosier.
I’ve always had trouble establishing the shadow colors until a teacher pointed out that there two methods – using analogous colors or complimentary colors. I’m starting with analogous colors, simpler to think about. Later I’ll be more adventurous.
Drawing of Morgan, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Painting of Morgan, 8 x 10 inches, oil on linen
Now just looking at the drawing and painting side by side, I see I need to make some adjustments. For instance her left side needs to be angled more.
This is a quick study of the 6-hour pose. Based on an article I read in the May issue of The Artist Magazine by Felicia Forte, I followed her technique of painting a portrait using just 4 colors: titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre and cadmium red.
The procedure is drawing the shapes, establishing light/shadow patterns, put in the local skin color and the local shadow colors and finally refining. All four colors are used but in varying degrees depending if it is shadow or light. For instance, the shadow consist mainly of black and red with a touch of yellow. The skin in the light is made up of red and yellow with a touch of white. Highlights are mainly yellow and white with a very touch of red.
This article helped quite a bit as how to use the colors more effectively.