I learned to paint from impressionists, alla prima style (wet on wet), but I have always longed to capture the luminous look of classical portraits you see in the art museum. I started researching that older style of painting, working up slowly with glazes, and I started my first attempt last week.
This grisaille oil painting of my daughter is the underpainting.
Here’s the first pencil sketch, a study to work out the values. Then slowly building up the grisaille.
Once the grisaille underpainting is completely dry, I’ll begin Part 2, glazing color.