New Eyes, a babies oil painting portrait.
by Bobby Jones
(Princeton, WV, US )
portrait of an infant entitled
First off, a huge thank you to Mr. Phelps for sharing your talent and knowledge to the public. Finding information on the flemish technique or any other for that matter seems nearly impossible.
I purchased Mr. Phelps' DVD and E-Book a few weeks back after getting frustrated with the very limited information available online which for me rendered very limited results with oils due to lack of knowledge. I knew the result I wanted in my mind, just did not know how to achieve it. After watching and reading I was very excited to start this new technique and process in the flemish style.
I started two still life paintings following Mr. Phelps lessons the best I could. In both, I reached the "dead layer" and realized that I was way too dark on the "burnt umber under layer", which really hindered the "dead layer". However, I did not give up at that point because I could already see that possiblities that these techniques opened to me.
Which brings me to the painting your viewing. This is my third canvas attempt using the flemish technique. I decided to go for broke and attempt a portrait, with the feeling I was starting to grasp the general concepts.
This is a portrait of my new nephew! It is done on 8x11 stretched canvas. I used oils and the mediums Mr. Phelps discusses. I usually get to paint for an average of 1-2 hours at night when all are in bed and before I pass out face first in the paint and have to get up again. With that being said, at this point I have approximately 35-40 hours invested over the course of about 3-4 weeks.
At this stage I have almost completed the "dead layer". I think 1-2 more sittings will wrap it up. There is still work to be done on the hand, blanket, and shirt. I would also like to add more depth to the left cheek. I'm very excited and scared at this point because with Mr. Phelps' help, at least in my mind, I have yeilded the best results I've ever achieved by a long shot. However, with the learning curve of two canvases, I'm leary of a first "color layer" attempt, here goes the learning, anyway!!
Sorry for rambling a bit, and for those who have made it this far and have felt the way I tried to explain at the top, I wanted to convey the great help this material has been. Thanks again for helping me enjoy art again after lots of questions and frustration.
I will post final results when complete. Good luck to all and enjoy making art that will last forever!
Thank you so much for the kind words Bobby. You have captured this little ones innocence, and are well on the way of a very special painting. Your color glazes will be wonderful, take your time and allow this layer to dry well so that if you are unhappy with a color layer, you can wipe it off and still have this.
Please post your completed work, and I will combine them into one post for folks to see.
Again, thanks for the kind words.
PS, I may move this over into the portrait section at some time, so if you don't find it here, check the portrait section of the site.