|Kelly5, 9 x 12 oil on board|
Since the little dog oil painting went well, I wanted to try Kelly's challenge in oil, too. I had some fun trying different techniques for the background starting with a gold underpainting of acrylic to let some show through. Unfortunately, not used to the dry time of oil, my hand kept resting in the background while painting Kelly's face. So I had to paint over all the gold flecks showing through at the top to fix it. Oh well, we learn.
My favorite techniques are paintings with layers, marks and colors showing through from underneath. To get a little of this, I scrubbed the red slip so the gesso and strokes would show and used the back of my paint brush to scratch marks at the top.
The biggest problem was making a tiny eye with my oil brush. I'm so use to the softness of watercolor brushes that it felt like I was trying to paint it with a Q-tip. The brushes always seem to have a lot of stray hairs. Anyone know the best oil brush for tiny details? As for the color choices, I just go with what makes me feel good. It's art right.
If you would like to join us, every week Kelly posts a picture of herself in a pose for you to sketch or paint or whatever.