Step 1: Hardboard is covered with both white and black gesso winding up with a middle value gray tone. Then the support was toned with thinned alizarin crimson and Prussian blue acrylic.
The drawing was transferred using Saral Transfer paper. I then ink in any important areas that I definitely don't want to lose using Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Step 2: From here on out I used oils. I painted what would be the lightest and darkest areas to establish the range of contrast. Up till now, this is my usual technique. But, here, I take a different tact.
Instead of laying on the paint in one thick stroke after another and going after the thick impasto texture, I apply the paint thinly.
Using a stiff brush, I spread it thinly in small areas at a time..As the bristles run out of paint, delicate and controlled bending takes place. I found this by accident today, and really do enjoy how this works! It lends a soft, subtle effect. The appearance somehow reminds me of an older era.
Oil on 5x7 hardboard.
This is my contribution to the WDE at Wet Canvas. Alain was the host and supplied the great reference photo.Close ups
Available...Contact me at kkayangel2(at)yahoo.com if interested.
Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.