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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Oil Portrait in Progress



I still have a very long way to go on this painting but I thought I would post an update of it.  I am trying to build this painting up in layers similar to the old masters, we will see what happens ;)

I still may do a bit more refining of the gray values before I move onto color but I will see once things dry more.  I am not focusing too much on the likeness to the subject but I would like to get it closer, especially the lips.  Waiting for layers to dry before fixing is hard!

2 comments:

andrea said...

Nice! How long will you allow it to dry between layers and how many laeyrs? How thin will the glazes be -- and what are you using as a medium?

Costescu said...

lol you ask those questions like you think I know what I am doing & have a plan ;)

I have a bit of a plan but it is very loose ;) I let the layers dry until they don't rub off with a bit of medium on a dry cloth, usually a day or two. My furnace vents to the stair well and makes a perfect drying area (warmest area in the house) so I prop up my paintings along the stair case for drying. The build was very thoughtful and even built a little ledge for me to prop my paintings so they don't get kicked over :)

I am not sure how many layers it will be. I had thought it would be only one layer for the gray values but then I realized that was crazy as I was no where close where I wanted to be after the first layer. I believe I have done four layers of the gray, mostly because of poor lighting and not being sure of how light & dark to go. I think I will need 1 or 2 more layers then onto the color.

I believe I will do at least two color layers but will see how it goes ;) I am using Gamsol & Walnut Alkyd Medium only.

I am really enjoying the process so far though. I have no expectations as I am just learning but I am happy with it so far :)