Paint with paint; without paint you can´t paint!
When I worked this week on a quick sketch of this portrait, again it came to mind how often I see students paint almost without any paint on the canvas. Far too thin and almost transparent.
I understand why. Fear or caution is the main cause. (Rarely is it because of an artistic interpretation.)
- Afraid of losing the underpainting.
- Afraid to mix the wrong colour.
- Afraid to end up in an accumulation of paint flow, thereby drowning in a big muddy mess.
It is important to realize that you can´t make a good painting without a certain amount of paint. Nothing is richer and stronger in colour and value than the full stroke of oil paint.
A few solutions:
- Mix a number of basic colours for various flesh tones in advance.
- Mix enough paint every time you think you need a different shade. Load your brush and put it on the right spot. Any correction afterwards is easily achievable.
- Don´t blend large areas.
Of course, the foregoing has to do with the most important thing: good drawing skills. The better this is, the more secure you feel when you start in colour.
So my eternal recommendation is: Study as much as possible from a life model.
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