I went to see the High Museum Exhibit in Atlanta that included Vermeer’s “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” last weekend and for the first time in forever, I wanted to paint in oils. I took a phone photo of my son studying outside on our return home and am using it to paint. I have never done a successful portrait of Taylor (I did do a watercolor of him sleeping at about age 4 but since the local art show rejected it I am not sure I can call it a success, although I liked it enough to hang on my wall for several years) and I am hoping I will consider this one successful. Truthfully, I am hoping I just finish it.
First a charcoal sketch.
Dust off excess charcoal.Begin with a grisaille underpainting using cadmium blue, raw sienna and flake white. Cover the canvas fast!
Refine. Refine. And refine some more.
Awww, the fresh smell of turpentine! Wish me luck in remembering how to use color!