Monday, June 3, 2013

The Veil - Weddings Series

The Veil
18 x 36
Oil on Canvas

Today is the day I install my featured artist show at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.  This is one of my favorite pieces in the show.  When beginning a painting I usually start with my shadows and darks and then move towards the light.  In this piece I began with the face almost stark white and then spent weeks layering on glazes to achieve soft, subtle definition.  The process was fun experimentation.  I had just watched a you tube video of Da Vinci's work and the process was mentioned.  I really had no direction other than the casual mention of the a light base and numerous glazes in the video but I thought I would try anyway.  It is supposed to allow the light to travel through the layers to the bright layer underneath and give a luminescent quality.  I am pleased with the result and will certainly try it again.

And here is my self portrait again.  I just can't seem to let go of it.  Every time I walk by I add color and definition to it.  I am having fun seeing how many colors I can use and experimenting with brush strokes.  It is such a great learning tool for me. 


  1. Your bride is lovely! I wish I could see her in person and take in all the work and luminosity you created. I like the format you used, too. Love it!

    Also, fun to see you continue with your self portrait.

  2. I love the bride and love how you captured the sheerness in the veil.
    Beautiful work !!!

  3. ooo that veil is beautiful! you must have had fun with that! I wish I could see this one in person to truly appreciate the glazing you did. It looks great in the photo but I bet it's really wonderful in person!

    Good luck with your show!

  4. This is beautiful, her face is lovely and that veil, whew , excellent.


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