Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Time to look at the progress that was made on the portrait sketch I posted earlier.  Normally, I paint on a maple door skin cut to size with a box knife and covered with 3 coats of gesso each side.
But this time I want the canvas texture so I'm using canvas board.  I find that a coat of acrylic medium cuts the absorbency of the canvas and makes the paint go on the way I like.
The first pass is monochromatic, burnt senna and burnt umber, put on thin with a little medium mixed in the water to be sure pigment particles are well encased and adhere to the canvas after drying.

Besides getting the face established on the support, I'm looking at where the light and dark passages will work best.

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