This is my new painting, from a photo of Julie and I making pasta from our recent trip to Italy. This painting is bigger than my other paintings, 30 x 24 inches.
It used a very limited palette of pigments:
Transparent Oxide Brown
Here are the notes I made during the progress of the painting:
I plan to take a long time doing the under-painting on this one, doing one section at a time. The idea is to start out with warm transparent pigments, and glazes. After that, I will move in with some color. So far, the two pigments I've used are Transparent Oxide Brown, and Terra Rosa.
Between the second and third painting sessions, I really struggled with Julie's face. I broke my rule and used an opaque paint, Titanium White, for session three to correct some of session two's problems. I am still not totally happy with it, however.
For session four, I started filling in some of the background. I really like the painterly quality of it. I hope that I do not lose that when I put some glazes over it.
For session 5, I finished up the figure of me on the under-painting. After that, I added a glaze of medium and ultramarine blue to some of the background.
By session 7, the under-painting was complete.
Could session 14 be the final version? It just might be. I will let it dry over the week, and see if I want to make any changes. After that, it is getting signed and is DONE!
If you want to check out the progress over time, use the links below: