Thursday, July 14, 2011


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:

Terra Rosa
Transparent Oxide Brown
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Red
Sap Green
Naples Yellow

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!

Nope! Fifteen?

If you want to check out the progress over time, use the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Session 11
Session 12
Session 13
Session 14
Session 15

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