I happened on this site here over the holidays and it seemed a less painful method for attempting this style of painting. Of course, had to give it a bit of the 'ole Ross spin.
Didn't want to prep the canvas, but since our goal was an eggshell surface, I used one of the Ampersand boards. Then went to trusty Photoshop and posterized to 6 levels. that gave me 4 greys, black and white.
Did the first 2 steps yesterday...got the drawing done, and inked that...then the impramatura (fancy for 1st layer). I did mine in acrylic so it would be ready today. My color did not have enough yellow ochre in it, so mine is a bit more grey than olive green. I also got a bit too heavy in spots and almost lost my inked drawing. oops.
So, here we are for better or worse...'cept I'm not marrying this technique. Just playing. Something I need to do more of. The top photo is a peony, the bottom 2 young french girls playing.
Got up today ready to start...but forgot I didn't have any burnt umber. Trip to Hobby Lobby...pigments on sale, so were brushes. Added a few more inexpensive mop brushes for all the blending necessary.
Started around 1:30, and quit around 5:30 with the 3rd stage complete.
Wow. Randy thought it was a photo (I guess that is a compliment!)
He left before he saw this one...can't believe it actually looks like something already.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's stage 4. If these are dry enough. That is the bugger with this Flemish technique. In the old days they'd have to wait several days between stages. If this was 'your' chosen method of painting, you'd want to have several starts so you'd have something to work on every day.
Realized I didn't have Prussian Blue for tomorrows 'dead' layer...back to Hobby Lobby. We are supposed to have ice tonight/tomorrow.