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.
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
Cadmium Red Light
Alizarin Permanent or Alizarin Crimson
Manganese Violet or Cobalt Violet
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
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.
Paper Towels (“Viva” recommended) or Cotton Rags (old t-shirts)
Classens #13 canvas on panel prepared by Tanner Frames, SLC, UT