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pameladallaire
01-04-2010, 12:50 PM
This painting started out in acrylic but I have now switched to oils.

The reference photo. (http://www.bouguereau.org/Gabrielle-Cot-1890.html)

Step 1 through 4 in acrylic:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_1.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_2.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_3.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_4_sm.JPG

Stage 5 first layer in oil:
And I repositioned the left cheek so the mouth has to be moved over.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_5a.JPG

Pam

pameladallaire
01-06-2010, 09:41 AM
The painting went through the pink stage last night. I couldn't work on it long because of recuperating from being sick.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_6.JPG

The left cheek still has to move over and the eyes won't be touched until the end.

Pam

pameladallaire
01-07-2010, 09:38 AM
Step 6:

A quick painting session getting the features all correctly placed. Started the shading.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2010/47782-Copy_a_Master_Challenge_step_7.JPG

Pam

Kellih
01-12-2010, 10:56 PM
He is one of my very favorite painters -and this is looking great!

pameladallaire
01-22-2010, 10:33 AM
Thanks Kellih,

I just switched to oils, so the next painting will be done the traditional way, with the charcoal sketch, underpainting wash, and subsequent layers on top. I am learning a LOT from this forum. :)

Pam

TheBaron
01-23-2010, 06:28 AM
How do Pam.
May I suggest using the Grissaile or Flemish technique on your next Bouguereau.

I paint Alla Prima mainly and have tried to replicate his skintones in this way and failed miserably on two occaisons.

Since doing a Grissaile things are looking better although I've yet to apply the colour stages to the grissaile and hoping I'll get a better understanding of the layering technique I've found its a joy to do it this way even though its a bit tedious at times and waiting for the layers to dry.

Your painting is taking good shape. :thumbsup:

dcorc
01-23-2010, 08:18 AM
How do Pam.
May I suggest using the Grissaile or Flemish technique on your next Bouguereau.

I paint Alla Prima mainly and have tried to replicate his skintones in this way and failed miserably on two occaisons.



Bouguereau didn't paint either alla prima or grisaille, but, as was fairly standard in mid-19thC did a colour block-in or ebauche, followed by thin scumblings and velaturas of paint to build and modify what was present in the earlier layers.

In this case, you could proceed by laying in a thin velatura in a flesh-tint, at a slightly higher value than what you have there currently, brushed-out sufficiently thinly that the current painting somewhat shows through. This will soften and unify what you have already, and swing the painting in the correct direction. You can also use this velatura as a couch to paint into, for more opaquely-handled further refinement and any touches of detail, making sure that you hit the paint colours as accurately as you can, not only in terms of the hue, but also of value and chroma. Be aware that Bouguereau paintings are all about very tight control of all three parameters of colour. It can be helpful to premix "strings" of paint at the correct chroma, and stepped in value, such that you can see they hold the correct relationship in the abstract on the palette.

Dave

TheBaron
01-24-2010, 02:40 AM
Bouguereau didn't paint either alla prima or grisaille

Dave

I do know that Dave,but I was merely putting a suggestion of trying her next Bouguereau in those techniques.

If this Grissaile I'm doing on Dawn works out ok? then I'll give the flemish technique a go.

dcorc
01-24-2010, 06:47 AM
I do know that Dave

I was clarifying for others reading along. Its important to remember that others may be reading, as well as those actually posting. In addition, this may also be read at future dates.

viking009
01-30-2010, 05:56 AM
Silly Question
What is the meaning of "velaturas" cant find it on google:(

TheBaron
01-30-2010, 10:24 AM
Silly Question
What is the meaning of "velaturas" cant find it on google:(

Try, Velatura Painting

viking009
01-30-2010, 10:33 AM
Thanks Baron
That done it

sarahburton
02-07-2010, 05:56 PM
I do grisaille underpainting and I find that it is great to have that technique for color overglazing, especially on fleshtones and drapery painting.