Cambridge, United Kingdom
Still Life - Birthday
Painting - Oil On Canvas
Still life- Birthday. Oil on linen canvas, 35x45 cm
This is an original painting on pieraccini linen streched canvas, inspired by the idea of birthday. It is in fact the symbolistic representation of time passing by, and yet the atmosphere of the painting is still.
This piece was made with the layers technique, an ancient technique with oil paintings. This technique consists of different layers of paint that need to follow the "fat on lean" procedure - meaning that the subsequent layer of paint always needs to be "fatter" than the previous one.
Before Impressionism changed our view of painting and painting methodology, this was the norm we tended to use layers. The Flemish painters in 15th century are still famous for refining this method, which is also called sometines "7 layer painting technique". These seven layers count, of course, the pencil drawing and ink drawing that are sometimes still needed to sketch the base of our painting. After ink drawing we had the "imprimitura" or colored underpaint, the dead layer, the color layer, and the finishing layer. Dead layer. When the first layer is touch. dry, the second layer is painted, with 1/5 oil and 1/5 turp approximately: in this phase one sketches the major and shadow-light oppositions. The dead layer, that can be skipped depending on the intended final colors, is done with an earth or a black (painters tend to prefer umber).
Color layer. When the dead layer is dry, we can start to sketch colors and color areas: this is done by adding some more oil to the medium - roughly, 1/4 oil and 3/4 turpentine. It is important to wait until the painting is touch dry again, and then we can proceed with the final layer. A video tutorial about painting with layers can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jxf8MyR4lg
The original can be found here http://saras.mina-grey.com/oil.php?aid=27
February 20th, 2013
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