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Old 11-09-2016, 10:00 PM
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Li'l Classical Jewels

A few recent small classical pictures for you. All are oil on 2.5" x 3.5" panel, except for one on copper.

Just found this forum, nice to find others who appreciate the classical style.

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Old 11-14-2016, 08:22 AM
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Re: Li'l Classical Jewels

Very nice - I especially like the second one. The classical style is something I'd like to have a try at sometime. Are they copies of classical works or painted from imagination? (Or do you have landscapes like that nearby?)

How do you set up for painting such small pictures? Flat on a table, or do you have an easel of some sort? And, are they done in layers or alla prima?
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:31 PM
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Re: Li'l Classical Jewels

Thanks, Nomad. . .I hope all is well in Scotland. Some of these are in the style of some of my favorite masters--the second one you like is a Claude Lorrain; another one is a Jan Both and an Asher Durand. The first painting, the one with architecture, was done by first tinting the panel with a very slight glaze of burnt sienna, what is called "imprimatura." Then I painted a detailed verdaccio (same concept as grisaille) using raw umber green shade (Winsor Newton brand) which is a transparent earth tone. No white paint or anything else, just that color. When dry, I added color using transparent colors in the dark areas, more opaque in the light areas. For some of the light areas I let the light warm area of the panel show through. I sometimes do quite a bit of glazing, if required.

The others were painted in the "indirect method." Both these methods were used by masters like Rubens and others. Here's a great illustration of these methods by Gamblin Paint's website: https://www.gamblincolors.com/indirect-painting/

For these miniatures I work flat on a table. I use a liner brush for fine details. Takes a little practice and a light touch but they are fun to do. I feel like they make larger paintings seem easier after working so tight.

I hope you are working on some beautiful Scotland landscapes!

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David

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Old 06-24-2017, 05:14 AM
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Re: Li'l Classical Jewels

Such a beautiful pictures!
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They are lovely and very charming. Great detail for such tiny size.
I know this is not something to say, but I also love the frames, it makes them look if at all possible even more beguiling!
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Little gems of gold.
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