Portrait demo in oils

Ewan portrait demonstration

Today was the first of five portrait demos to be done this week. Some/most of the group members have never seen an oil demonstration before so I decided to inflict them all at once. It’s a good way back to work for me after a three week break from classes.

This is Ewan, 7 or 8 y.o. Painted on canvas board with oils. 16″ x 16″. A basic palette of titanium white, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue and burnt umber. Those five cover virtually everything fleshy and earthy, I add a bright red and a bright yellow to spark it up where needed.

Painted in one session lasting around two hours, the paint is fluid and wet with addition of 50/50 turps and linseed oil.

The free drawing throws up some wobblies when comparing the original ( the eyes in the photo look directly at us but here they look slightly to the left of us!) but I can put up with that as long as the painting holds a likeness and looks “right”.

~ by David Reid on April 22, 2013.

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