Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More Experimenting with Oil

I first put down a tone of green ochre mixed with alizarin crimson.
Let that dry and next applied flake white on the lightest areas of the painting. Next I will build up the form with blue-greens and reds and then finally, apply glazes over that. Don't have any idea what I'm doing but read about this "Verdaccio" technique in an article by Adrian Gottlieb in the most recent Artist's Magazine. Thought it would be fun to try.
I've continued to work on Lady of the Lake. Am liking face a little better. On to the hands.


Elizabeth Seaver said...

The face is beautiful and haunting.

Unknown said...

Verdaccio is a technique by which you apply a greenish tone over the whole surface and once dry you paint the flesh tones over that. "Verd" usually means green or is the root of the word in many romance languages. In spanish we say "verde." The reasoning is that the warm tones of the flesh will really sing over the green paint. Donato uses a similar method sometimes when he first puts down a complementary color of whatever the final local color will be. What you actually did is called a "grisailles" which is pretty much a b&w underpainting.

However, all that is just a technicality. It looks absolutely stunning Kim. Personally, I love the way it looks right now. It's reminiscent of unfinished master paintings, or their studies. Beautifully handled :)

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thank you Julian. Your posts on palettes are wonderful. You are putting out some wonderful work.