Awake

Awake

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Awake

24" x 24" Oil on panel. This painting was created using a modernized version of an old master's technique I read about in American Artist[1]. This technique is a way of painting that originated during the High Renaissance by Flemish painters who created a precise underpainting with white egg tempera over an imprimatura[2] and built up the painting with layers of oil-color glazes. 

The process starts with a precise indian ink drawing covered with an wash of oil color mixed with liquin. White egg-oil emulsion is then layered over that in a very thin consistency with a #1 sable brush. The white egg-oil emulsion dries extremely fast and is cross-hatched and layered to achieve a very dimensional rendering. The painting is then finished using glazes of oil color using fat-over-lean principles.


[1] - Gnidziejko, Alex. "Portraiture in the Classical Tradition." American Artist Mar. 1993: 40-45.

[2] - Imprimatura is a term used in painting, meaning an initial stain of color painted on a ground. It provides a painter with a transparent toned ground, which will allow light falling onto the painting to reflect through the paint layers.