Oil Portrait of a man with blue drape,

"Is It A Sin To Be This Beautiful?"

by Paul Gilbert Baswell
(Henderson NV)

Is It A Sin to Be This Beautiful, oil portrait of a man with blue drape.

Is It A Sin to Be This Beautiful, oil portrait of a man with blue drape.

Oil on Masonite 36"x48"


An expropriation of high contrast light as well as the human anatomy.

Done in a modified Flemish technique, no Umber layer, just straight value study then lots of glazing.

All the upper layers are glazes over top of reflective clay's as in the Italian school. I learned this type of painting from Adrian Gottlieb.

The photos a bit off but i will get you a better one next month.

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Editors Note:

A Beautiful work. Have been waiting for the photo, but I know you've been busy Paul. Great job on this one. I hope you don't mind, I will move this later to the Portrait section of the sight as I think it will be easier for folks to find there and is an excellent portrait example using the Italian Technique. Maybe an article with more example of under layers would be in order? Thanks for posting, and sorry this took so long to post.

Best wishes,
Delmus

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Oct 12, 2012
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are you asking me
by: Anonymous

the Italian school. it differs from the Flemish method the subject is ghosted in. in other words the subject is painted in a very light mainly green/white or what is called the verdigri layer it is subtle to say the least. then the red and yellow is glazed in over top. if you control the glazes well you get skin tones out of the red yellow green combination. i have to stress that the dead layer is very light in comparison to the flemish schools gray layer. as you see they use red, green and yellow as their primary bases color very similar to how televisions work today. blue is not as a rule used but as we are painting in the 21st century i guess one could however you will not get the warm romantic tones of the italian Renaissance. in this technique a good amount of the verdigri layer is showing threw it becomes the highlights in the portrait and is only glazed over in the spots were a warmer highlight is required so in essence it's an even thinner application of paint then the Northern schools meathoud.

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Pensive Beauty

by Paul Gilbert Baswell
(Henderson Nevada)

Ballerina Portrait

Ballerina Portrait

I used a photo provided by a fellow artist the idea was to create a portrait that tells a story of a young woman deep in thought

It took three months to paint I used a 36x48 Cotton duck canvas and Oil Flemish technique this is my second Flemish work.


Editors Note:

Paul! Thanks so much for contributing! Wow, You certainly have picked up the technique well and it shows in this masterpiece! The subtle colors of the Tutu and her intense gaze all capture such a wonderful story. Let us know if it sales! I've been following along in the forums and it has been a wonderful experience to see this painting born from start to finish!

Best wishes my friend!
Delmus


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May 29, 2011
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STUNNING
by: vicky

Absolutely stunning! I would buy this in a minute if I had the money. But you've heard the saying starving artist....Well thats me.

May 29, 2011
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thanks
by: Paul Baswell

thanks for the comment Vicky

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Jacob Wresling the Angel Peniele

by Paul Gilbert Baswell
(Henderson NV USA)

Jacob Wresling the Angel Peniele

Jacob Wresling the Angel Peniele

This is my first figurative based on Italian Renaissances Technique done more or less like the Flemish technique but with no Dead layer instead this one uses a vary detailed and completely value accurate drawing an umber under painting done vary realistically with a vardagri layer "Green" its an inspired copy of an original done by Alexander Luis Reani 1868 I've been intensely interested in religious art of the Italian masters and though Raeni lived a good 300 years later when I saw it I knew he was of the same mind set his painting differs in that its much more realistically painted and there's greater tension. maybe some day I'll be able to get that good but for the level I'm at I feel pretty good about it plus his is in vary bad shape having cracked and discolored so it was hard to interpret literally.

It's on a stretched gallery canvas
36" x 48".

The mass creating greater drama in my mind
its oil with many coats of clear glazing to increase the intensity and depth this is also my first one done on an oil Gesso ground.

A mixture of Linseed, Titanium white and talcum powder as the inert ingredient. I found it a lot easier to paint on much better to sand the surface was prepared to an egg shell finish in 4 coats sanding in between. I prepped the canvas with hide glue.

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A Master piece!
by: Yvette Gaudreau

Oh How Beautiful! I would have to say that the level your at for your first painting is at a level of Master. This is awesome. How long did this painting take you. The depth brings to life the subject.

Yvette

Jun 17, 2011
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thanks
by: Paul Baswell

thanks for the comment o by the way its not my first painting its just my first in the Italian Style iv done about 6 paintings total

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A beauiful, meaningful masterpiece!
by: mike s.

Very impressive, I went to a Lutheran school, and have alot of respect for christian art. I'm so excited, the colors stand right out, I want to learn more about Italian painting method.

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Fire Tree after Tim Gagnon

by Paul Baswell
(Henderson NV USA)


A fast a furious painting to look at the quality's of a looser style. the original was done by Tim Gagnon but its so far away other then the perspectives and object placements its hardly the same painting. but still i need to credit him i do have permission to paint it.
i wanted to explorer a setting sun with strong cast light and waves of wind hitting the grasses. i used an darker green blue under painting to establish the value ranges then proceeded to move on to color and detail.
oil on canvas 36x48 a gift for my niece's wedding
Paul Baswell

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