Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Walter - oil on panel, 12x16 inches
To start, I did a detailed drawing to scale. Then I transferred the drawing onto my panel:
I blocked-in the painting using burnt sienna, and maybe mixed it with a little ultramarine blue, I can't remember exactly. I've also started putting a little color into the end table to the left.
Here it is with more colors down. I used the "Zorn palette" for this painting because it installs a nice color harmony. The palette I used consisted of white, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, and ivory black. Mixing the black with white produces a variety of dull blues, so his jeans and sweater are just those two pigments. The flesh tones are of course all 4 colors mixed in varying amounts. The ochre I used for this painting is Lefranc & Bourgeois yellow ochre pale, which is a natural pigment; i.e., dug from the ground and not made in a lab like most are. It is a tad gritty but I liked it a lot for painting flesh....Fast forwarding through the painting's teenage awkward years, we arrive here:
Here's the end result again so you don't have to scroll back up to see. TADA! The background has a pleasing, opalescent quality that the photo didn't pick up. And the clients were happy with it.