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Use Her Name
05-10-2013, 01:50 PM
I posted the last picture of this sequence in the Oils forum "What's on your canvas?" but thought it was interesting seeing its evolution. I do a kind of lazy man's "griselle."

Drawing is done in Derwent water soluble pencils.

I paint a grey under painting layer using acrylic paint (colored) mixed with gesso to tone the gesso. This gives me an extra layer of gesso (for a 4th layer) as well as a preview of the entire picture as it will be, but in a simplified version, so I can fix what I don't want before committing to oil paints.

Then after this undercoat, saturate the canvas with linseed oil, then start painting with oils (you can never go back to the acrylics after you start to paint with the oils.)

Here is the basic illustration of the path I have just detailed. I am self taught so there may be many problems with what I am doing, but it seems to work.

Drawing and starting to work with black/white/grey gesso colored with acrylics:
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a111/gitabird/P1010863_zpsd791d7e3.jpg
Finished black/white under-painting on rocks.
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a111/gitabird/P1010864_zpsd0bc24e3.jpg
Putting in other colors in under-painting.
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a111/gitabird/P1010872_zpsb19a8c7e.jpg
So far all the paints have been acrylic and gesso (what you call the white acrylic paint)
Next step is to saturate the canvas with linseed oil and start painting in oil paints. I tone the oil with terre verte to create a "dead layer." (I was just messing around with the rocks here. )
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a111/gitabird/P1010876_zps9737784b.jpg
Lastly I strengthen my under painting and continue painting till it is done (not now, I have along way to go).
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a111/gitabird/P1010905_zps2ce9d22f.jpg

La_
05-11-2013, 02:20 PM
nice!
great comp
looking forward to what's next

la

abstractca
05-11-2013, 08:14 PM
fun to see your process, thanks for sharing! it looks great

Debzy
05-20-2013, 09:53 PM
Interesting procedure! love the subject and colours so far! Cheers =)) Debs.

reverseengineering
05-21-2013, 05:16 PM
Nice! I appreciate that you've shown the progression of the painting.