Monday, June 20, 2011

A Slightly Different Approach ... or ... Carmella the Second

Reference photo
My sketch
First washes of aureolin and quin. burnt orange
Looking mighty weird at this stage ... EEK!!!
Many more glazes, and starting to look like a yellow lab
   First, a minor grump about the poor registration of the darks, especially browns and blacks, with camera and computer. That done, I'll continue.
   I've been reading a book by Elizabeth Kincaid called "Dance with Light". Her paintings, mostly florals and still-lifes,  capture quite a quality of luminousity. Her technique involves glazes of pure pigment ... no mixing. So I thought I'd give it a try. I must say it is a bit more involved, especially planning what color glaze on top of several others will give the color you need. And it was very strange, at one point, glazing the nose with GREEN! But the depth and colors you achieve make the process worthwhile. I must admit I "cheated" with my blacks, using my favorite combination of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone blue. And I will be doing the grey areas on the face with a mix of aureolin, quin. coral and indanthrone, but that will be it for mixes.
   The actual painting has more depth, of course, than the computer image, but I am wondering if Miss Carmella doesn't need a very soft and nebulous background to show her off better. What are your thoughts? And what do you think of the pure color glazing?
I am here


  1. Hi Kathryn. As for the background I would make quite a dark one , being Carmella so light, I think it would show her off much better, but it is of course a question of personal taste. And regarding the glaze, I am sorry, but I don't exactly know what it is about, I don't work that way...I suppose it is one of my limits.
    But so far Carmella is looking stunning!
    Hugs to you.

  2. Absolutely wonderful, love the pure pigment glaze, so clean, fresh, luminous!

  3. I'd agree with Jane on the background.
    I have that book and have worked that way before.. as you say time consuming, but brilliant for realism.
    I'm looking at the far eye - and thinking it needs perhaps a touch of dark to give the impression of an iris. What do you think?

  4. really lovely - i love labs! :)

  5. Gorgeous Kathryn! I love that sweet Carmella. Her face is just pure, glorious, sweetheart lab! And I think a nice dramatic dark background would set her light color off nice, but that's just me. I love dark against light. And I have that book too and have tried that technique but did not have the patience to do PURE color glazing.

  6. Kathryn, this painting is coming a long beautiful. I love the soft hints of color. The more important question is what do you think of the pure color glazing? One thing about painting this way, it will surely bring one more awareness of color theory. I have to say that nose is outstanding and am looking forward to seeing your finish. You are an excellent artist.

  7. you've painted her beautifully katharyn... will see what you decide with the bg .