In this post, my aim is to explain the step by step, and experience, I had painting a portrait, using mixed media of cold wax/oils.
I've done portraits before, but never with mixed media.
A year ago during one of her visits, my granddaughter was watching me mix cold wax medium with oil paints. I was showing her how the tactile texture and jewel effect that transparent colored wax, looked like bits of colored glass. As always, during such visits, she brings into the studio her sense of play, wonderment, and her child's view of the world, which always enriches me. I, in return, genuinely appreciate her art work, and always encourage her efforts by allow her ( under my supervision) the use of my art supplies.
During that visit I was inspired to paint her portrait with an example of her art work. The criteria were to capture her likeness, and her extrovert curiosity. I tried to accomplish this by including her very thick free flowing hair, her direct gaze, an strong high key colors in the hope of expressing her sense of exuberance. This portrait took several months to complete, and almost a year later went back to the studio for more fine tuning.
This is the end result of her portrait.
|Girl with Crayons|
30 X 24"
Cold wax / oils on canvas
Now I had to decide how large I wanted the figure to be. So I taped a large sketch paper to the painting and did a quick drawing to give myself an idea of the scale of the portrait.
In the area of the face I also divided the squares into diagonals.
All these lines help me map out were the shading begins and stopped.
This step shows were I chose to position the figure. next I traced the contour to the painting
|Once the shape was penciled in, I removed the drawing and painted the shape white with oil paint, and let it dry.|
I covered the back of my drawing with charcoal, to serve as a tracing paper, and re-positioned the drawing over the white shape, and began tracing the features, the hands and clothing of my subject.
Now began the rough stage.
This is what I call the "ugly duckling stage" Each of my paintings has to go through it, and not all end up intact. Fortunately, through perseverance, and help from above, I managed to move on to the next layer.
It wasn't until last week that I took it back to the studio, and with a fresh eye, manage to bring out what I intended to accomplish from the beginning: a portrait of Hailey that captured her likeness and her personality.
I hope that, in some ways, you've found some these steps or experience ( including the frustrations), helpful with your project with cold wax. If you have any questions or comment, or suggestions regarding this topic, don't hesitate to send it to me, I'd love to here from you