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I was born and raised in Matador, Texas, a small ranch town in the Texas Panhandle. I currently reside in Colorado.My interest is in the 16th Century Flemish technique for oil painting. The technique requires an application of seven distinct layers of paint applied over a canvas coated with Flake White, laden with lead. Light shines through each layer, and is reflected back to the eye from the lead coat, resulting in a three-dimensional prism effect of light and color. Between layers (ideally dried over a seven week period), the canvas is prepared with half an onion for better absorption, and then is coated with linseed oil applied by hand. Color pigments are ground and mixed with linseed oil.
The seven layer Flemish technique for Classical Realism is as follows:
1st Layer: Imprimatura: an olive green coat to establish the medium tonality of the lightest area of the painting.
2nd and 3rd Layer: Umbra Underlayer: a burnt umber coat performed in two layers begins the tonality of the overall painting.
4th Layer: Dead Underlayer: blue and gray tones cause the subject to appear as if it were lit with moonlight. This layer prepares the surface for the color layers.
5th and 6th Layers: Color layers: thin applications of color in two layers allow previous underlayers to show through, achieving the luminous
effect of the Old Masters.
7th Layer: Finishing layer: the final layer provides details, reflections, highlights, and glazing of transparent colors over solid masses of color.