Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Oil Painting Method

 "Dry docked in Pittenweem", 12 x 12", oil on board
$300 unframed plus shipping and handling, click here to purchase

I did this painting in a workshop with Rick Berg. He has an unusual technique that I found was perfect for this complicated subject. You take your photo into Photoshop, go to image -adjust- threshold and it becomes a solid black and solid while image (only 2 values that is), linking the darks and lights. Then you scale up your photo to the size of your support, paint all the dark stuff with black gesso, and leave all the white stuff white gessoed support (or GAC'd panel). Then you take acrylic red iron oxide and cover the entire support with that. It provides a very nice roadmap to the painting, simplifying it along the way. You then put in your own colour and allow some of the black and red to peek through here and there. Charging in the juicy opaque lights is a bit of hoot. This method really worked for this subject. Avoid it when a large portion of your painting is mid value though as you will have to redraw the subject on top of the black.
By the way, if you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Rick, jump at it! He is a wonderful man and a very giving instructor.

Enjoy!

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Pam Holnback said...

I might try this method. I have a whole series of boat photos from a trip to alaska, and haven't used them, yet, as they seem a bit complicated.