|Self Portrait, 2018, oil, 12x16|
The painting process that I use is pretty standard. I toned my support with raw umber to about value 5 before laying in the bare outlines of my head and neck. From that point my approach was somewhere between layering and direct painting. Unlike premier coup or alla prima work, I allow myself mistakes, overpaintings, rubouts, and even major revisions if needful. This one began to take shape in three monochromatic values, using raw umber and white. When I was satisfied with the shapes and values and the layer sufficiently dry I began putting down colors. Over a period of perhaps ten days, using Maroger medium to improve handling and drying, the selfie posted here emerged. I think it's finished at this step, but will put it aside for a few weeks and give it a new look with fresh eyes.