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

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


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!