The final painting of the Thirty Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I almost didn’t get it done. I came down with a cold last night. Tired from the medications I took for the cold, I started this painting in the morning and finally finished it late afternoon. I wiped off 3 times before I finally felt it was right. Quick and gestural.
Painting 21 of the 30/30 challenge was painted from a live model. Again using the Zorn palette.
Done at Patris’ Studio. 3-hour pose by this young woman, a teenager. But as always I tend to make young people look much older. Limited palette, Zorn – ivory black, cadmium red, yellow ochre and titanium white.
Work in progress paintings are featured on my Facebook fan page, MarleneLeeArt.
from a live model. Zorn palette.
An artist friend gave me a sheet of “mylar” to try. There’s another name for it – duomar or something like that. He had toned it with burnt sienna, otherwise it was usually clear. It’s slick to work with so I had to make sure one brushstroke at a time. Interesting effect. Maybe I’ll work more with it.
In WattsAtelierOnline, I’m now in a series of videos introducing four methods of painting the portrait in color. This is the first method – Burnt umber underpainting with color.
The burnt umber pick out becomes an underpainting for the color painting. I still use the Zorn palette of ivory black, titanium white, yellow ochre and cadmium red light. Another 3 to 4 hours were spend on the color painting.
This method is great for portrait commission.
Watts had set up his palette for the 9 values of each color – grey, yellow, red, green and purple. I had not been working with the 9 values setup but only three values for the light and two values for the shadow. To extend the life of his paints, he uses clove oil. I’ve been using walnut oil and seems to working for me…but one I’ll buy the clove oil.