My Constant Studio Companions
I have several images in the works,
most started before Christmas and put on hold
with the busy-ness of the holidays.
~ I will share them as they progress ~
I've also been inspired by the beauty of Downton Abbey.
Awe-struck by the gorgeous sets and lighting,
many of the scenes look like masterpiece paintings.
So I think it's fitting to come from
My newest painting features Lady Mary
and I am painting in the 'Grisaille' technique,
in which an underpainting is done in shades of gray.
When this is dry, thin color glazes are applied
one over the other, drying between each layer of color.
Actually, this painting is going to be more about
light and shadow than an actual portrait.
The image above on my easel (not Lady Mary) is further along
than in the photo now. It too, is along the lines of the
Grisaille technique, as I paint in the shadows first.
It is more time-consuming and I am about to
go with a more Alla Prima technique
and get some thicker paint applied.
I don't have the patience required for the more drawn-out glazing process,
at least not on such a large painting. Lady Mary will be 11x14.
The weather is creating the desire to stay in
and paint.... when the sun comes and blue skies,
bringing warmth and beauty,
I get rather distracted.