Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cornelis Van Der Geest - wip05

Here is an update. I completed the mouth/chin area and started on the frills. I tell you the frills are tough and time consuming. I just have to be a bit patient. :) I will complete the hair next.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cornelis Van Der Geest - wip04 Color Correct

I noticed the color of the photo I took seems to be off. So I check it and YES it is off!
 Color corrected (above)- notice the skin color is more reddish than uncorrected one which is much more pale.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cornelis Van der Geest - wip02

I painted in the dark background and started the 1st painting. I started with the left eye and went across to the right then the nose. Paint I use is very lean using only the oil in the paint and sometimes added to make the paint flow from the brush better. The colors I am using are Titanium white, yellow ochre, terra rosa, raw umber, burnt umber, ultramarine blue and lamp black. I try to stay with the earth colors since these were the colors available at that time. Cadmiums were not used or discovered yet.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cornelis Van der Geest - wip01

I just transferred the drawing and dry brush the basic tone of the painting. I am using raw umber but I realise that Van Dyck might be using Burnt umber. Its because see some of the burnt umber showing through in the background. The support I am using is a gessoed (acrylic) wood panel.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Van Dyck's Portrait of Cornelis Van der Geest

This is a portrait of Cornelis Van der Geest by Anthony Van Dyck. Its one of my favorite portraits. I will attempt to copy this portrait since it will be the subject of a class I plan to teach. (Classical painting techniques on Portraits.) The course will cover the technique used by Van Dyck, the background and start to finish process. The size of the copy will be as close as the original painting about 13in x 15in.