Friday, April 25, 2014

Strutten His Stuff

Strutten His Stuff   16 x 20 oil on canvas
This handsome devil is going to steal the hearts of some young chicks. The technique on this oil is a bit different from what I usually do in oils.
To begin color is rubbed all over the canvas, in this case yellow ochre and burnt sienna and in the lower two thirds burnt umber.The oil color is mixed with a medium, I used Liquin. You then carefully lift away the areas you want light and medium in value and leave the darks as is. This was a technique used by the old masters and is called a grisaille (gree' zay). Originally done in gray or in all umber tones, this is a fun little variation.
The lights of the canvas show through wherever you wipe away the paint. Then I chose to embellish the painting when the wipe out layer was dry. More fun than I care to admit.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jean, I am a friend of Stephanie Ranstrom, she earlier sent me a copy of a chicken you had done, I'd like to inquire about that. Please contact me. and you can check with Stephanie.