|Amanda on Tuesday, 12x9, oil on panel, one hour sketch|
|5 minute gesture oil sketch, 6x8|
I like Ampersand gessobord and tone it with either burnt umber oil paint, Gamblin Fastematte or acrylic raw sienna depending on how early I prepare. The gesture sketch is on an un-stretched oil-primed linen that I will later mount on acid-free foam core.
I generally start the sketch with a line drawing, working directly with paint and move into a rub-out subtractive method of painting. I use a mixture thinned with a linseed oil/mineral spirits combo. Next I paint the shadow shapes and rub out the highlights with a T-Shirt scrap.
Next I move into color, working from the darks to the lights. I take my palette from home so I have some nice flesh tones pre-mixed from whatever is currently on the easel. That saves a lot of time for speed painting. There is never enough time so usually I try to focus on finishing one area, last night it was the area where the light was striking the model.
Our drawing group is called X's 8 (pronounced Times 8), it meets Tuesdays at Forstall Art Center in Birmingham, AL. 205 870-0480.