Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Underpainting stage 1



I have made a start on my latest, and here is the first part of the underpainting  using only raw umbra. 


27 x 19.5 inches
Oil on stretched Italian linen


I always rely on the eyes to make my portrait work, here the eyes aren't visible so quite a challenge for me. As if the lighting wasn't tricky enough.

I'm letting it dry out overnight before completing the underpainting tomorrow.

I really do love the Pre-Raphaelites and am trying to paint under that influence. The two paintings influencing me here are Holman Hunt's Light of the World' E R Hughes's Midsummer Eve.  Hughes was Holman Hunt's studio assistant .