When a model got sick Juste was so nice to come over from Utrecht to save the day. It's great to have friends like that - thanks a lot!
Juste, oil on 40x30 linen canvas
And here is another shot of a palette. I started doing these for showing them here - for example how I mix before painting - and how that's practical for already seeing the contrast relationships. But those pictures turned out practical also for another purpose: I can actually see which colors I used when I do fixes later. In this case the colors were: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange and Ultramarine Blue.
The mixed colors, right before throwing them on the canvas
This portrait shows Jan Kal - maybe some Dutch readers heard, or read of him.
With the painting I added one photo of my palette. There are the colors listed that I used on this picture. Alizarin Crimson (a dark red), Yellow Ochre (an earthen yellow) and Phthalo Turquoise (a powerful green/blue) plus a Flake White. I've read before that limiting the number of colors is a good idea, but it took somehow a long time until I was able to do it. It gets tougher to reach certain colors - in this example to get the dark saturated brown of the hat took me some trying. But it's worth to resist adding new shades. The colors become more harmonious, and in the long run it saves time, because it is less work to remix colors and to create intermediates.
Jan Kal, oil on 50x40cm linen - (Info about prints and prices are on the gallery page)
Colors on the Palette before starting to paint. It's Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre and Phthalo Turquoise.
This is the last image of the Portrait Month. Can’t wait for next year
Flip - oil on linen 50x40 cm
I thought maybe it is interesting to show my palette for this one – so here is a photo of the state after half an hour. As you can see, I mix all major colors before I start painting. I don’t know anyone else doing it like that, but I think it makes sense. This way one can see all the value relationships before painting the shapes, saving me the pain of doing corrections on the canvas.
Palette - premixing all the oil colors in big amounts