I have been wanting to try a portrait for some time now and have been watching demos on how to do a portrait using the flemish technique. After the drawing is made on the canvas a first layer of paint if put on very thinly with burnt umber. This layer is just to get the values correct. The second layer, which is what I have started on here is called the dead layer and is basically a grey scale, fine tuning the values once again. I will do another layer of grey scale and then start in on the colors. This is a very different technique for me as I usually start right in with the colors but it is good to try something different. Hopefully I won't make a complete mess of it.
I was very honored to be asked to co-author this book available for sale as of August 2014 online and in many fine book stores. The book features the work of several fine artists as well as myself giving instruction on how to paint still life in acrylics. The book is beautiful and very helpful to anyone wanting to learn how to paint landscapes, still life and animals in acrylic and is full of great advice and lovely pictures explaining how to step by step.