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Grisaille to Color

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Grisaille to Color

Some time ago, a friend requested I paint a snow leopard. So I rarely take requests but she said she couldn't pass from this world happy if I refused. So here she is in progress!  1. Pencil drawing on toned paper  2. Grisaille using Payne's Grey and White. I usually use a warm neutral but the grey is suitable for the next phase when I bring out the chosen palette of colors that are cool in temperature. 3. The first color glaze went down quickly hitting the light with gold and the shadow with blue. While the painting was still...

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The Barn Swallow

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The Barn Swallow

This little guy is 8x10".  I have a lovely frame on order, and I am nearing completion. While I work on a title and wait for the frame I'm excited at the prospect of starting something new in the next couple weeks!

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A little face

A little face

We have barns swallows where we live and I just love to watch their graceful flight and their beautiful colors. This lovely bird is on the easel today.

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Glazing demonstration

Glazing demonstration

Two weeks ago I did an underpainting demonstration and now it's time to show the glazing process. The underpainting was created with raw umber, white, and black. It is now completely dry to the touch. Starting with a fresh palette I lay out all of my transparent oil paints. I have pulled each color out with a little medium so that the transparency is easy to observe. I am also using a fresh sheet of palette paper to keep the glazes free of color contamination.  It is also time to switch from my thinnest painting fluid to a medium-bodied fluid.*...

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Underpainting demonstration

Underpainting demonstration

This painting is a commission that is still in progress. It is based very closely on the famous Arnolfini wedding portrait with the exception that an otter and a Westie represent the client's family, and other personal items have been inserted. Here is the original by Jan van Eyck (1434): I thought it would be fun to show how I tackle such a detailed painting. 1. I researched the animals and made sketches of the otter and Westie in the appropriate pose. There were also some other small sketches made of any areas that were going to be altered, such...

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