Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Portrait of Nicole

8" x 10"
Set out to do an experiment at the last portrait studio session.  Thought I had put a thick enough underpainting of acrylic medium to be able to wipe off paint down to white.  Only used burnt sienna and a brush or rag with turps to erase with.  Unfortunately, the thin paint didn't rub off as I had hoped.  But when I brought the monochrome painting home and looked at it for a few days, I couldn't resist finishing it.  The original value study gave the final painting dramatic contrasts with the back lit lighting.  Not only was the model back lit, but the strong studio lights glared directly into my eyes.  Now I know why artists often wear baseball caps, inside or out... brims cut glare.

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