Thursday, September 8, 2016

Alla Prima Portrait Sketch; Limited Palette Workshop Demo

 Zorn palette portrait workshop demonstration painting by Sarah Sedwick
 "Sketch of A."
approx 8x11 inches, oil on Arches oil paper
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This month marks two years since my first portrait painting workshop. Amazing how time flies! And although I've painted this model quite a few times, it's always nice to revisit a familiar face - especially one with such lovely coloring. I've got pinks, peaches, greens, lavenders, and orangey-browns in those flesh tones - all mixed from three tubes of paint! 

My work-in-progress shows how I painted the face out beyond the contour lines, and then re-drew that edge with the darks in the hair. I also painted the setting of the eye before putting too much detail into the eye itself. 
And the ear - well, I got that on there early and then left it alone, because this.

Zorn palette portrait workshop demonstration painting by Sarah Sedwick

2 comments:

Caroline Greene said...

I'm going to print that quote off and put it up somewhere. We all know it yet I at least often have to wrestle with myself to leave out the detail even though I love other artists' paintings that leave my brain some work to do. This has a lovely stillness, Sarah.

Sarah Sedwick Studio said...

Thank you, Caroline! I totally agree with you about the wrestling with yourself. It feels like that sometimes!