Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mrs. Geraldine Lawson-Color Stage 5

I've "scumbled" lighter opaque colors this evening. This is the opposite of glazing where you apply transparent dark colors. Scumbling builds "form." The obvious change on this layer is the scumbled light on her face. But I've also scumbled light on the columns on the sides and on the highlights of her shirt.

I've also glazed some a very dark crimson/scarlet mixture onto the curtains. In my opinion, they're looking a lot better than what they did, and I'm not sure if I'll do a lot more to them, other than glazing a dark color into some of the shadows and highlights on the folds.

And I've repainted the chairs and hepefully, receded them into the distance a bit. Details, and more, more details...but I love it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mrs. Geraldine Lawson-Color Stage 4

I've re-established shadows on this stage. It is a very necessary step. If I don't do it, I'll easily lose my place as I continue to build "light" upon the subject. Next step will be to bring "light" into the painting using Naples Yellow.

Also, on a side note, if you notice, I've glazed "blue" color onto her neck. A truly classical painting will have blue on the neck, red on the face and yellow on the forehead. I don't know why this makes it look nice but it works!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My wife wanted me to mow grass this evening, but I had too much fun painting this!

I glazed flesh color over skin. Although I lose definition, I gain luminosity. My next step will be to glaze "cool" shadows onto face and re-establish dimensionality. I defined the blue shirt with shadows and highlights, and put some shadows into folds of stage curtain. And I defined shadows in side columns and brought more details into seats.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mrs. Geraldine Lawson-Color Stage 2

I've "put the apple" into her face on this stage. The idea is to put splotches of red into areas where cartilage and blood vessels are closest to the surface of the skin. It looks strange in this early stage, but it seems to work as future thin opaque layers of flesh color will almost completely cover the bright red. If you want to see an example of this, look at the veins in your wrist...What color are they? They aren't red, but you can still see color there can you not? That's the effect I'm going for by doing this.

I've also glazed a bright scarlet red into the theatre curtain and it is literally sparkling! I'm very pleased with it. Also, I've glazed Raw Sienna on the columns on side and turquoise blue onto shirt. On the next stage I hope to concentrate on her face and cover it with an opaque flesh color.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Mrs. Geraldine Lawson-Color Stage 1

I read somewhere that every "classic" painting has four essential colors: red, yellow, blue, and black. I think I've got them all covered in this one. There is still much work to do on this painting, but the overall look and feel of it is coming together. In subsequent layers I hope to bring more more detail and luminosity into the face. This will be accomplished by multiples layers of paint, alternating between light and dark, warm and cool values and colors.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mrs. Geraldine Lawson-Grisaille Stage 3

I have refined details to the point on this stage that I'm ready begin to add color when it's dry. I think she looks happy!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mrs. Geraldine Lawson-Grisaille Stage 2

Finally, I have a greyscale version covering the entire canvas. On the next stage I'll refine details and then I'll add color....one stage at a time.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I spent 3 1/2 hours on this stage and still did not complete the "grisaille." I did however accomplish what I thought was the most difficult/detailed sections. On the next stage I hope to completely cover the umber stage with the grisaille, aka, greyscale painting and bring more detail into the face.