8" x 6"
Venice portrait studio sketch. I thought I had primed the canvas with a neutral acrylic green the night before. Turned out to be a lot brighter in daylight! But liked the way it worked showing through in spots and in the beard. I left a patch in the lower right hand corner. The canvas was primed with acrylic which I find too chalky. I like to paint a thin coat of tinted acrylic over this so the paint stays on top and slides around the canvas easier. Just a personal preference. The entire underpainting can be acrylic (if left thin) and the final layers painted in oil. But for studio painting, I find oil dries well enough over night to layer over. A method used by John Singer Sargent and Phillip Pearlstein, by the way. For plein air though, alla prima... painting at one time, wet into wet is what I do most often. And also with portrait studio sketches.