Figure and Portrait Drawing & Painting Lessons

A painting demonstration in oil on a 12 x 9" canvas   2001

By William Whitaker
Paint Flake White

I paint with traditional flake white.  Because of the small size of this painting, I mix a little Permalba ( a titanium / zinc white mix) with the flake white to make it more opaque.  I also add a little walnut oil to make the paint more buttery.

I completed the painting this session.  Obviously I did more work on the

drapery, but the most sensitive careful work was once again done on the back where I softened form and modified shadows.  I did not use a blender at all today.  All brushwork was either with a filbert hogs bristle brush or a pointed sable round.

I mixed up a background color that differed only slightly from the color in the background in stage two, added enough oil to make it lie down and behave a little like enamel, and painted the background again with a fairly large filbert bristle brush.  A pretty good brush rule of thumb is to find the largest brush for the job, and then put it aside and use an even larger brush.

Finally, I took a deep breath, signed my name, and slapped on a frame.

I took photos of this painting-in-progress with my digital camera in daylight.  Due to natural light fluctuations, each photo differs slightly.  Also, your monitor might distort the color further.  If what you see looks pretty punk, kindly cut me some slack.  The color and values in the original painting look very good to our team of experts* here at William Whitaker, Inc.

*The pizza delivery man, the furnace repair man and my wife Sandra.


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