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Old 02-15-2006, 12:45 PM
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"My Hero"... (Glazing WIP in Oils)

I decided to share this painting as a Work In Progress so you guys will hold me accountable to finish it...

I'll let the story unfold as to why this is "My Hero" as I proceed (for some added drama)...

My intentions are to use glazes with this one as it has been over a year since I've worked in this technique.

I'm working from an old/small photograph circa 1942 and plan to share it with you later.

I look forward to sharing and conversing with you on this project.

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#1... I applied about three coats of gesso to a 14"x11" stretched canvas. While the last coat of gesso was still wet I added some ivory black acrylic paint to tint the canvas and vary the tonal range of it. I did a simple sketch in charcoal and spray fixed it.


#2... I added a light glaze of burnt umber with Liquin as my mixing medium to the background. I brought it into the drawing edges for a complete covering. I let the background dry then began a Grisaille (grayish) under-painting of the subject with ivory black and titanium white. The ivory black gives a slight blue cast which I find works well with those blue undertones often found in skin tones. Many artists use a Verdaccio style of under-painting, which uses green-gray colors to establish values for later layers of paint. I have never tried one but plan to.


I will be working on the grisaille for the next several updates... bear with me...

A close up...
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tell us or me what your technique is for glazing? Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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tell us or me what your technique is for glazing?
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Once I finish the under-painting and it drys completely I will start adding thin layers of color thinned with Liquin... one on top of another (but only after each layer is completely dry). This layering of color creates a depth that is quite believable and luminous. Thanks for watching...
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what is the ratio of liquin to paint? I do glazing too to some degree but the information out there on glazing is sketchy to say the least. I heard that using more than a 1 to 5 ratio of medium to paint is not a good thing. Do you ever put the glaze on and then wipe it off? Just curious how you handle it. Thanks
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what is the ratio of liquin to paint? I do glazing too to some degree but the information out there on glazing is sketchy to say the least. I heard that using more than a 1 to 5 ratio of medium to paint is not a good thing. Do you ever put the glaze on and then wipe it off? Just curious how you handle it. Thanks
Sorry I can't give you an exact ratio (it changes from layer to layer)... I''ll try to make a mental note as I do this one to better inform you. I usually start each layer real thin (more medium) and use less medium with each layer thereafter... kind of a thin to opaque approach. I will thin the paint with Liquin but also find it useful in the last layers to apply a thin coat of Liquin to a dry area of the painting I intend to work. Each thin layer takes on the resemblance of hand-tinting a black and white photograph. I do wipe off from time to time... in fact the burnt umber background here was brushed on then wiped off/in with a rag. Also good to note that the early layers should be thin and smooth enough not to show brush strokes. I'll discuss this more when I get to the color portion of this... still a ways off from that...
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cool, thanks for doing this. i just plunk color down. this is very interesting.
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cool, thanks for doing this. i just plunk color down. this is very interesting.
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... and you plunk it down quite well... I enjoy your work Dawn!
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As I do yours! Thanks Bern!
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Bernie... this is going to be just great watching over your shoulder as you work. Hope you don't mind me breathing in your ear!
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Re: "My Hero"... (Glazing WIP in Oils)

Thanks Pauline and Dawn...


#3... Continued work on the grisaille under-painting...



close-ups...




I will share some insights and a tid-bit of info to let you get to know this man and how he became my hero... but for now... off to work...

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I'll include a "My Hero" bio sketch in BLUE letters from this point on to unfold this story:
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Joseph Robert Humphrey (Joe to friends and family) was born April 15, 1920 in the small community of Kellum, North Carolina. He was the oldest of six children.


At this point (working with the grisaille under-painting) my main interest is getting the values right. Next is shape and modeling. My palette mixtures range from white to black with three tones of gray in between. This gives me a five tone value palette that is sufficient to create dimensional quality. These five tones are body tone, highlight tone, shadow tone, cast shadow tone, and reflected light tone. These five tones can be seen in this diagram to better show you what I am talking about…



When working from photographs the first thing I do is covert them to black and white and then attach a value chart (like below) to the image in a photo program on my computer.

Value Chart:


Example:


That was not the case with this one… I’m working from an old black and white (more sepia toned) photograph. However, I do play with the contrast in a photo program to see the varying degrees of lights and darks.
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Re: "My Hero"... (Glazing WIP in Oils)

very neat Bern, using us pressure to make sure you finish it... you'll have to now!!

your technical skills have been increasing since your involvment with oils, and your drawing is also very good here too!

I'll be here at the end!

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Re: "My Hero"... (Glazing WIP in Oils)

Very much looking forward to how this works and turns out - as my "colouring in" is (me being a bit thick here...) along the lines of Grisaille too.

Looking forward to how your story unfolds too!

Cheers,

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Re: "My Hero"... (Glazing WIP in Oils)

As an additional to my last post - I am just about to start a "colour" commission.

Having read this post thoroughly - it is very clear to me that our technique of grisaille (ing) is essentially the same but technically different - the vinyl versus oil thing...

..I don't want to hi-jack your thread or try to "out-grisaille" you but when I have my underpainting finished I'll post a mini WIP of how I did my colouring in.

As my favoured medium vinyl and acrylic are essentially the same (see my website for the differences) it should be useful to some of the group...

Have fun - looking forward to seeing more.

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..I don't want to hi-jack your thread or try to "out-grisaille" you but when I have my underpainting finished I'll post a mini WIP of how I did my colouring in.

As my favoured medium vinyl and acrylic are essentially the same (see my website for the differences) it should be useful to some of the group...

Mark HH
Can't wait to see your WIP Mark... I have always enjoyed your work.

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