Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Reassurance Background

Work on this painting continues. The first layer of background color has been blended in, and a small portion of the first flesh tones have been layered on top of the underpainting in the upper right corner only.

Subsequent layers of background colors will produce a rich blue/green/brown effect that will set off the warm tones in the flesh.

I am painting this figure study of hands so that I can learn the Old Master's technique of rendering flesh by building a Verdaccio (green underpainting) and then applying thin layers of flesh tones over it. Each layer builds on what is underneath. The process has been long and frustrating, but I think I'm making good progress now. I have a fantastic teacher!

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