I have put some more time into this painting with another dead layer. I am starting to build up the details now and I am almost ready to start the color. Adding the color is always the most fun for me because I LOVE color.
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.
At long last I have a new painting to show. This one is not 100% finished but it is coming along. I am enjoying playing with my paints again after a long creative block and I hope to start another soon while the creative juices are still flowing.
I am a basically self-taught artist experimenting with different mediums and methods of expression. All types of art appeal to me at some basic level but generally I am drawn most towards any subject where light and dark can be expressed. I especially enjoy how an everyday, ordinary object can be transformed into something beautiful by just changing the light that it is viewed in. Every day that allows for some artistic expression is a happy day for me.
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