I have been trying my hand at painting for about 3 years now, so I thought it might be interesting to go back to the beginning and attempt another version of an earlier painting.
I have always liked this portrait by photographer Ronald Vogal who kindly gave me permission to use his photograph as reference.
I have use oil paints on canvas as apposed to Acrylics on paper but still I am pleased with the marked improvement in my technique.
I am certainly looking forward to trying this benchmark again in another 3 years.
As we continue in my art class with our still life theme, we have tried musical instrument and mono printing, this is a wonderful technique where you paint glass or a ceramic tile with oil paint and by using pressure, transfer the image onto paper, it was suggested that you could only take a single print and to use smooth paper, I had a go using watercolour paper and water with my water soluble oil paint and got a very pleasing result that I might work up some more.
Then we went back to basics, pencils and cloth I am told this was first principles for artist and they would spend hours studying the folds in cloth, I loved this exercise and became completely lost in it for far too many hours in class and afterwards.
Finished for now…
This has been interesting to paint working from acrylics to oils worked really well, thanks to cuckoo on Instagram for his advice.
The white stripe in the background started out as a good idea but just took over the picture, I ended up toning it down, a lot better I think.
Seems like I have taken forever painting this picture, I am putting it down as finished and going to start another project. Makes me think I should have couple of things on the go at one time but this might just bring even more confusion to my muddled brain.
So for now it’s coming down off my easel and here’s for a new beginning whatever that might be!
Finally my Bowie picture is finished, I have been trying to work out how to best photograph my art, canvas has a great texture but it catches the light from every direction.
Finding an evenly lit room and a location out of any direct light is working best, tripod and timed shutter release so you get hand free works well too.
As you can see the wet ear that I was struggling with has dried out, I had some cracking that is down to not following the fat on lean rule, like everything, lesson learned.
I have been following a set of posts on Will Kemps Art school blog and having a go at my first oil painting, to be honest it’s my second but I abandoned my first as I really did not know how to approach using oil paints.
So painting over the first and following the structured approach I feel I have some sort of foundation to continue.
I have one snag not sure if it’s because I painted over my first painting or I just added too much oil to my mix I seem to have a wet ear, I am hoping time will sort this out.
Still I am pleased with my efforts and inspired to try again..
Lesson 2 of Will Kemps painting a black and white portrait in oils and I am re-establishing the shadows and adding the highlights, this according to Will is all about seeing and appreciating the shapes and form in the subject without getting into the detail, I must admit I do feel ready to move onto lesson 3 but as I am learning, with oils you have to wait.
Another tip I picked up is to make a sketch of your painting again thinking about the tones and shapes so I have done that, after getting a few things really wrong it’s something I will better understand in my painting hopefully getting them right.
Bought a selection of Winsor and Newton Artisan water based oils, I bought the same colour pallet as I have been using with acrylics as this seemed a good starting point.
After having a go and getting into a oily mess I have decided that I need to take a different approach.
I need some teaching so off to good old Will Kemps blog to see what the man has to say.
He has a 6 part how to paint a black and white portrait in oils lesson, reading it through I am now having a go at one of my musical heroes the late David Bowie
The lesson only used three colours, but keeping it simple might be a good approach with this new medium.