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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THE PALETTE FOR THE FIRST PAINTING
It will be understood that the variety of compounds comprehended in the following arrangements is given with the object of meeting every possible diversity of shade and hue. It will therefore not be necessary to place upon the palette, at one time, more than a selection of colours and tints, according to the complexion.
These tints may be mixed upon a glass or marble slab, and placed upon the palette with the palette-knife, in such order as may bring the brightest to the extreme right, graduating them round to the left until the shade tints are placed, and to these may succeed pure colours.
COLOURS AND TINTS FOR THE FIRST PAINTING
Yellow Ochre Light Red Venetian Red Raw Umber Terre Verte
Naples Yellow Raw Sienna Vermilion Rose Madder Ivory Black Vandyke Brown
White and Naples Yellow White, Naples Yellow, and Vermilion White and Light Red White, Vermilion, and Light Red
FOR GREY, GREEN, AND HALF TINTS TO MEET AND BREAK THE
White, Black, and Vermilion, mixed to Reddish or Violet Greys
White, Black, Indian Red, and Raw Umber
White and Terre Verte
White, Terre Verte, Black, and Indian Red
White and Rose Madder White and Indian Red
Raw Umber and Light Red
Indian Red, Raw Umber, and Black
The hair, if light, can be freely painted in with White, Yellow Ochre, and Vandyke Brown ; and the same colours, with the addition of Raw Umber, will serve to sketch in dark hair, the darker colours, of course, prevailing.
About John Payne
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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