About the artist

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                                                                                                              Photo by Ravel Call

As a classically trained artist, I am a contemporary realist whose medium is oil on canvas with a focus on religious, figurative and still life paintings. Often I am asked about my process and how long it takes to complete a painting. Usually it takes about six months or when the model moves out of town.

The most essential step in the process begins by studying my scriptures, seeking inspiration and doing a lot of praying. I begin the actual process by completing small poster studies or thumbnails in my sketchbook, then advance to full drawings of the figures, feet hands and background, life-size if possible. I only paint from life, so I use professional models. Next I do a ebauche which is a value study. Then I do a loose color study to check for the color patterns.

Then I begin the actual painting. I usually paint the figures life-size so the figures are more life like. At this stage I do an underpainting or ebauche again, then progress the painting through full color. I paint thin to thick, wet into wet. At the later stage of color I start using medium with the paint, just a titch. I usually have three to five passes of color. This technique is called Indirect painting as opposed to Alla prima.

Material List: 

Paper and Board:

18″x 24″ Drawing Pad Strathmore 400 drawing series medium surface

Clip Board: Drawing Board large enough for 18″ x 24″ sheet of paper

 

Drawing Pencils, wood or mechanical (2B, HB, 2H-2each)

Pencil Sharpener or Sharpening Block

Large Kneaded Eraser

  

Oil Paints: I use Old Holland, Gamblin, and Windsor Newton

Flake White (Cremnitz White) or Flake white replacement

Naples Yellow

Cadmium Orange 

Yellow Ochre

Raw Sienna

Raw Umber

Cadmium Red Light

Cadmium Red 

Alizarin Permanent or Alizarin Crimson

Burnt Sienna 

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Burnt Umber

Sap Green

Viridian

Manganese Violet or Cobalt Violet 

Ivory Black 

Suggested Medium and Solvents:

Odorless Mineral Spirits or Spike Oil (Gamsol or Turpenoid)

 

Nelson Shanks medium formula:

One part Damar Varnish

One part Venetian Turpentine

One part Stand Oil

Palette:

I prefer a balanced, sealed hand held wooden palettes.

Brushes: Rosemary Brushes

I use mostly rounds and filberts of varies sizes (from small to medium/large)

For details, fine sable or kolinsky rounds. 

Palette Knife

Paper Towels (“Viva” recommended) or Cotton Rags (old t-shirts) 

Painting Surfaces:

Classens #13 canvas on panel prepared by Tanner Frames,  SLC, UT

 

 

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