Me … 3 sessions pushing oil around and glazing/thinning with poppy oil.
Study Hals, says Sargent, and only when you’ve learnt all you can from him, move on to Velazquez. Hals epitomises that “drawing with a brush” which we see in Sargent. Hals work is formulaic: a limited palette with a focus on tonal accuracy and capturing the gesture. These are the building blocks for Sargent and vital in understanding how he worked.
I tried to go back to such basics with this oil sketch of one of our models, Gustavo. Worked up from a 15 min graphite sketch it is painted wet in wet with a traditional palette, with no effort to hide the brush work. Indeed, the idea is to emphasize and celebrate the limitations of the brush…
Study Hals. I would say I’m just starting the journey…
I’m not sure about iPad painting. There are instantly a number of limitations with it, the main one being (with the sketchbook app I use at least) that the degree of precision available when using a pencil or brush is just not there with the iPad.
But it does offer the excitement and anticipation of a new medium; it is also fun to play with. In any event it is here, and I suspect there will be a lot of iPad masterpieces emerging out there, just proving me wrong.
I have sung the praises of alla prima painting on this site, but this oil portrait, for a change, is an attempt to work up a painting using more traditional techniques.
I set in a warm pink ochre ground, did a grisaille underpainting, then added (fairly opaque!) layers, finishing with a glaze.
As with the other pictures this is based on a short 15 min life drawing.
Although it is now early Autumn I have just finished this piece and called it Midsummer… (in memory of something we rarely see any more, with this perpetual rain!)
There is some high quality work there. I was fortunate enough to have the following two paintings selected:
Well worth visiting, it is on from Saturday 14th July 2012 to 28th July 2012, daily from 10.00 – 4.30 pm, entrance free.
Using the same palette as my previous painting, juxtaposing warm/cool complementaries, this is another large oil based on a 1 hour life drawing.
Again, hope you like it…