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Old 08-03-2007, 07:12 AM
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Portrait demonstration in oils

I found this girl busking outside ”La cite “ Carcassonne , France .


Stage 1

On a 22 “ x 16 “ stretched linen canvas I had applied two coats of oil primer , as
I found these prepared canvasses too absorbent for oil paint . Making the colours dry too matt .

My palette was Titanium White , Cadmium Yellow , Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red
Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Red Oxide , Ultramarine Blue and Ivory Black.

I first washed Transparent Red Oxide and a Ivory Black distilled with Turpentine
over the canvas . After ½ hour I sketched in with a brush the main shapes. I measured my drawing in head lengths.

I wasn’t happy with the placement of my head, so I tried to wipe off and start again
only to find that the turpentine wash started to dissolve some of the oil primer underneath.. I turned the canvas upside down and started again.

Stage 2

Standing a few feet back from the canvas and squinting so that I see only the basic shapes , I move back and forth trying to block in the main masses, no detail. The darkest part of the hair is put in as a marker for the darkest dark.

For the skin tones I am using White ,Yellow ochre , Transparent red oxide , Ivory black and a little Alizarin Crimson in that order of volume . She has an olive complexion that I need toreplicate.

Starting to feel a little annoyed my values are out . It is difficult as the face is softly lit , nothing with a lot of contrast here to gauge the tones easily .
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:17 AM
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Stage 3



Concentration has returned thankfully . It is not in direct sunlight so the shadows are warmer than the highlights. I am using quite large brushes, filberts No.8 and 10.
I make sure each edge corresponds with what I am seeing . There are no hard edges
in the face, the hardest being the neck hair border and where the fringe nearly meets the eyebrow.

Stage 4

I am at the four hour mark, I am trying to hold back my natural tendency to rush things and repaint errors later.

I have added the highlights in the nose, the clours are the same as my flesh tones
with a lot more white and a little more Ivory Black (which has a bluish tone)
I blend in the hair with the background with a my filbert, a sable and my finger.

I am conscious of touching the canvas as few times as necessary.I want to retain the vitality of the brushwork.


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Old 08-03-2007, 10:51 AM
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

STAGE 5

I started blocking in the hands, again no details just the tonal structure.Apart
from the first wash in stage 1, I am not using any medium.

Looking at the accordion which is blue / black I start scrubbing a mix
of Trans. Red Oxide,Cad Yellow, Ivory black with a touch of Ultramarine.
It is a greyed down version of the complimentary colour, that I wanted to show through in parts.

I have realised the hand is a little on the big side that will remind me to double check my measurements!
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Am impressed how well you draw and see shapes...once again thankyou for showing...looks great!
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:24 AM
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Stage 6
Was it a mistake to paint the accordion !? All those buttons ! I want to paint them in more loosely than the face, which is my centre of focus.

I block in again the bigger shapes of the accordian leaving some patches of the underpainting to show through, with the other end of the brush I start to scratch in lightly where the buttons will go.

Working everything in to the background while wet so I can vary the edges.


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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Hi again Aldo: I'll peek in at this when I get back, as it looks amazing!
If Portraiture is where you did want this, then no probs. If you meant to put this in Oils, you can easily put a thread with just a note and the link so they can jump over here via that link.
Otherwise, if all is settled then no probs.
I can't wait to see more of this next week.
All the best and thanks so much for participating here Aldo; Jocelyn
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wow. incredible.....this painting reminds me of some of richard schmid's works.
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Dyce,

Thankyou that is a compliment.I think it is just the case of the loose background.

I will post the last stages soon.
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Dyce,

Thankyou that is indeed a compliment.Probably due to the looser background.


I will post the last two stages soon.
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Hi Aldo, I try not to get tied up in too many overlapping forums, but your 'work in progress' sequences, the direct way you paint and the usefulness of the threads are too irresistible to pass by without giving the ... I'm looking forward to the end result here... keep them going!

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Very impressive as always Aldo. Thanks so much for sharing these. I'm looking forward to the finished product.

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Looking great Aldo. Did you ask her to sit for the main painting or have you got an oil sketch/preliminary drawings and can you show us them? Are you working from sketches and photos? Thanks for sharing, Matthew
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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Stage 7

The buttons are taking me ages, I make them a little less contrasty than originally as they will be too dominant.I will put a mid tone on the other side for the buttons and just pick out vaguely the highlights.

The hand is still a little out as is the shoulder and arm.

Where I was going to put in more of a stone wall background but
decided to abandon any more work there as each stroke seems to take something away.

Stage 8

More work on the buttons keys or whatever they are called ! I am putting them on with a small sable brush in places . Careful not to leave hard edges .I have had to add a small part of Turpentine/ linseed oil to make the paint more workable . The same with the
lettering there on the accordion.

There are a few small things to rework that I have noticed on these
Jpegs . I can post them later.


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Re: Portrait demonstration in oils

Beautiful, Aldo, you really are a great professional, and thanks for sharing with all of us.
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Old 08-04-2007, 11:35 AM
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omygod, the hands, the hands! Beautiful work! This will go into the Portrait Classroom when finished so it doesn't get lost forever!

Thank you, Aldo!
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