“IN A ROW” 12X22
The following is sequence of steps in the development of an oil painting on hardboard.The photograph I used for reference was taken about 15 years ago while camping in the Adirondacks. I am working on a panel called gessobord made by Ampersand and comes in several standard sizes. I purchased it through Jerry’s Artorama. I begin with a semi detailed drawing of the main subject, in this case the ducks. Notice: I’m not using the whole board, I will draw the shape I want and saw off the leftover when the painting is done.
I start with a very thin lean layer of paint that is mixed with an oil painting medium that is similar to the one Richard Schmid uses for underpainting;
1 part Dammar varnish, 1 part stand oil and 5 parts distilled turpentine. My palette is also almost the same as Schmid’s. After reading his book Alla Prima a few years ago, I tried this palette and liked it. You can find his palette on the internet by searching his name. The book is also available on his website and I highly recommend it. This first image shows a wash of ultramarine deep blue, transparent oxide red and yellow ochre.