The art of portrait

The art of portrait painting in oil colours

This informative book on portrait painting has been preserved for generations and fully deserves to to be available to all portrait artists online. While the art of portraiture has moved on, much of what was written is still valid and relevant to the modern day portrait painter.

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INCIDENTAL TINTS

From among the following tints may from time to time be selected some which may be found to meet peculiarities. They are adapted to every kind of complexion.

 

REDS, SLIGHTLY VIOLET, SOMETIMES SEEN IN THE LIPS, NOSTRILS,

AND EARS

Purple Lake and Light Red

The same, reduced by White

 

HALF TINTS,  OR PASSAGES  IN  WHICH  THE  SKIN  IS  EXTREMELY

THIN

White, Purple Lake, and Light Red, and Ultramarine BLUISH TINTS TO COOL PASSAGES THAT HAVE BECOME TOO FOXY

Terre Verte and White

Terre Verte, Rose Madder, and White

Ultramarine and White

 

HALF TINTS AND RETIRING

Vermilion, Yellow Ochre, and Blue Black Same, with White

 

BROKEN   BLUISH  AND   GREENISH   HUES  OCCURRING  ROUND  THE

MOUTH AND CHIN

Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Madder Lake, and White Madder Lake, Blue Black, Yellow Ochre, and White

 

A VARIETY OF STRONG GREYS

which, in proportion as they are reduced by White, or forced with the stronger colours, are fitted for half tints, retiring passages, and approaching the deeper shades:

Vermilion, Blue Black, and White

Vermilion, Yellow Ochre, Black, and White

Light Red, Black, and White

Light Red, Yellow Ochre, and White

Indian Red, Black, and White

Indian Red, Black, White, and Madder Lake

Black, Madder Lake, and Naples Yellow

 

FOR STRENGTHENING SHADES

These receive a warm or a cool tone, according to the prevalence of Red and Yellow or Black :

Indian Red, Brown Ochre, and Black

The same, with the addition of Naples Yellow

 

SHADE AND GLAZING TINTS

composed without White, for the sake of obtaining depth and purity. They are also employed in reflexes, and for the modification of warm tones :

Black, Brown Ochre, and Purple Lake

Blue Black, Brown Ochre, Purple Lake, and Naples Yellow

Light Red, Naples Yellow, and Black

 

For decided touches about the mouth, nostrils, and eyes in a strongly shaded head :

Purple Lake and Burnt Sienna                                        ‘

Burnt Sienna and Vandyke Brown

 


About John Payne

Pet Portraits     Art for sale - oil paintings

I’ve been a professional portrait artist for the last 12 years but have been painting for a lot longer . I started out by painting nothing but seascapes and still do the odd one from time to time , I then moved onto landscapes and wildlife paintings before I finally decided to concentrate on portraits.

I get commissioned to paint a lot of pets , mainly dogs – but I also get to paint a fair amount of portraits of people.

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