Painting Tutorial

This project is a different way to paint. I am using acrylics.
First step is to gesso your canvas. Then I did the entire painting in grays, black and white. Adding more details.

Then, I made a print of the black and white painting and used colored pencils to color it to see what colors I liked. There were lots of ways I could have colored it like with a blue water background. I settled on this one.

Next step is to use some of the more transparent colors added with glazing medium to slowly paint layers of thin colors overall. Its nice to put them over other colors to create a third color.

Working slowly with multiple layers gives more luminosity to the image. Then I make a three color palette with matte white mixed with yellow, pure white, Unbleached titanium white and also a mixture of white gesso and cadmium yellow to paint the background. This painting is 20×20″

Adding more details. Metallic golds are underneath the tan and yellow background brushstrokes.

Mermaid painting of darker skinned beauty

"Lailani" is 24x48" gallery wrap acrylic painting that I just completed. My intent to have a darker complexion worked well with starting out with raw umber gesso and working from dark to light. Prints are available soon as is the original. Overall this mermaid is a darker painting than my usually mermaid fantasy paintings and I thought that she dwells deeper in the ocean where it would be darker. She is holding her long hair as fish swim all around her. Hope you enjoy the progression shots.
“Lailani” is 24×48″ gallery wrap acrylic painting that I just completed. My intent to have a darker complexion worked well with starting out with raw umber gesso and working from dark to light. Prints are available soon as is the original. Overall this mermaid is a darker painting than my usually mermaid fantasy paintings and I thought that she dwells deeper in the ocean where it would be darker. She is holding her long hair as fish swim all around her. Hope you enjoy the progression shots.

Lailani progression

Painting Lesson with Palette Knife

This is a DYptic painting I have been working on for a couple weeks of an ocean scene. I am actually not completely finished but wanted to share my progress and possibly give a little tutorial for my painting students. SInce each panel is 30x40", its actually more difficult because of studio space and with matching the two panels for a nice transition. Palette Knife takes a lot of paint which gets quite expensive so I start with the modeling paste to give more 3-dimensionality. AT first I thought the peach sky and sand was too much color but there are a lot of vibrant dabs of color throughout so now I am re assessing. Opinions?
This is a DYptic painting I have been working on for a couple weeks of an ocean scene. I am actually not completely finished but wanted to share my progress and possibly give a little tutorial for my painting students. Since each panel is 30×40″, its actually more difficult because of studio space and with matching the two panels for a nice transition. Palette Knife takes a lot of paint which gets quite expensive so I start with the modeling paste to give more 3-dimensionality. AT first I thought the peach sky and sand was too much color but there are a lot of vibrant dabs of color throughout so now I am reassessing. Opinions?