Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trying a New Technique

Here is a picture of Frida that I chose as my  model.  I wanted to try this new technique I learned from Jeanne Oliver in the Studying Under the Masters course.


First you draw with charcoal and then you add gesso to make an underpainting and then you paint it. This is what I have so far.  Its a great technique, I think I will use this from now on.It really helped me see where I had gone wrong.  At first I had the hand in the wrong place so I just gessoed over it and used the charcoal to add it in the right place.  It doesn't really look like her but that is ok as I am just learning the technique and I don't like making exact replicas anyways. I am learning so much in this course.

She was painted with Golden fluid acrylics.  I made the background and table with PanPastels. She is not perfect by any measure but I sort of like her so I will move on to the next piece. Oops I just realized I never added her jewelry.  I guess I will do that at some point. As they say art is never finished.

I am linking to Paint Party Friday today. To see what other artists are doing. Check out Paint Party Friday here. If you found something of value in today's post, I'd love it if you shared it.

Have a great weekend.



  1. thank you for reminding me of the technique.......methinks you did a great job Kate. Happy PPF, Annette x

  2. I think she looks great. Gesso is a great medium to have in hand. Blessings!

  3. An interesting and new to me technique. She looks fantastic to me. Especially with those warm colors.

  4. Wonderful technique...and I love how you still kept your own style! She looks great without jewelry too! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. Beautiful Kate, I've never tried this technique
    Thanks for the inspiration
    Happy PPF to you

  6. Ah, she is lovely. And you are right--art is never finished.


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