|First: Decide on photo and size of canvas.
Prepare canvas with acrylic paint or tinted
gesso. I decided on light blue acrylic because
my background would be a landscape with
bright blue skies.
Second: Transfer the photo (either enlarged
copy or designed painting on drawing paper) to
Third: Base in your painting with background
I used cerulean and cobalt blue for the sky
leaving lighter areas for the clouds; raw umber,
burnt umber, burnt sienna, and ivory black for
the horse's head; and sap green to base in the
Canvas size: 16" by 20"
(See the "base in" photos below)
|Brianna painting one of her many
|All photos and paintings copyrighted by Brianna's Art and Gallery
|Basing in the painting:
"Basing in" means that the canvas is quickly
covered (usually in first sitting).
Then, with each sitting, the colors build up in
thickness and value to give the final painting
a three-dimensional effect.
My favorite oil medium (to move the paint) is
Winsor and Newton's Liquin Original.
For cleaning brushes, I always use an
|I always keep my photo handy for
|The painting on the right is completely
Let the colors dry (about three days)
before beginning the detail. When basing
in a painting, keep in mind the shadows
and lights, but with only a hint of the
At this point, my colors are thin
and almost transparent.
Note: If preferred, the clouds can be
painted in while the sky is still wet.
|This photo was taken at:
Old Friends- A Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds
This farm is for retired race horses.
|One of my next projects will be
created from a photo taken at
|When adding the clouds,
I used yellow ochre in the
then added shadows mixed
from cerulean blue, alizarin
crimson, yellow ochre, and
If you look closely at real
in the sky, you will observe
the shadows in soft violet
|A magnifying glass
|With each painting session,
becomes more alive.
I want my paintings to almost
The painting should have more life
than the photograph.
|The fence and grass start with
dark, then the sunlit highlights
are added and blended.
The portrait's shadows are not
as dark as in the photograph
because photographs tend to
have darker shadows than real
However, the portrait must be
studied carefully from close up
Any changes can be made.
The completed portrait
is painted with a
fine coat of Liquin
for a finished look.
Changes can still be made, but
must be coated with Liquin so
the changes will blend in.