Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Medusa Gets Color

When I first conceived the idea of painting a totally grey portrait of my friend Jennifer as Medusa, it was always my intent to submit the grey painting to Gamblin Artist Color's, Torrit Grey Competition and once that was over, I was going to try my hand at doing pure color glazes over the entire painting.  In the past, my glaze experience has been limited and never really done in it's purest form.  I scumble semi transparent colors over one another and occasionally take some linseed oil and thin colors to apply over a previous layer.  But, this time I decided to push myself, and boy has it payed off.  This is Medusa with transparent colors glazed on with the assistance of Liquin.  I used Sap Green on the snakes, Ultramarine Blue and some Cerulean Blue over the sky and for Medusa's skin, a bit of Indian Yellow and Permanent Rose together with the Liquin.  Pure Permanent Rose on her lips and some Ultramarine over the Irises of her eyes.  Nothing on her toga and in most of the cracking stone areas of her flesh, no glaze was applied. 

I think this has the feel of a 1940s tinted photo, much like my mom and dad's wedding day photo.  I think I like this technique and will try more of it in the future.  But for now, I must totally focus on my solo show in April 2013.  I still have a few more Gods and Goddesses to complete.   Flora and Posieden are up next.  The Faun is looking good.....photos coming soon.

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