When painting an oil portrait, the most important thing is attention to details, composition, drawing, colors and blending.
It was Jim and Ellen White’s 25 Wedding Anniversary. Jim wanted to give his wife a memorable present, a momentous of this important date. All they had was a wedding album with small photos. We selected a photo, and from that photo and looking at them today, the expression of their eyes, I created this painting. He specially wanted the flowers to be part of the portrait.
- Cover the canvas with a light coat of Raw Sienna and White, using acrylic.
- Draw the persons from the photo.
- Do your under-paint or imprimatura with a wash of raw sienna in acrylics because they dry faster. With raw sienna continue defining the features of the face. The under paint is very important because you are drawing with colors and defining light and shade in your final painting.
- Using oils, paint the background.
- Using oils start painting the skin, blending light and shade to the color of the skin. Paint the features of the face, putting emphasis in the expression of the eyes.
- Paint eyebrows, hair and clothes.
- Sign your work of art.
- Titanium White
- Flesh, Portrait Pink or Pale Pink
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Cadmium Orange
- Cadmium Red Light
- Venetian Red
- Alizarin Crimson
- Yellow Ochre
- Raw Sienna
- Burnt Sienna
- Van Dyck Brown
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Umber
- Greenish Umber
- Sap Green
- Cobalt Blue
- Ivory Black
Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent, from the finest 0 to 6.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Plastic plate to mix colors or a Palette.
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