Sunday, December 19, 2010

Over The River...

Painting Progression

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.
Finished Painting

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) if interested.

My Etsy

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.


  1. Beautiful work Dean and very interesting. Merry Christmas to you friend.

  2. I really love the many brass things in the reins...and the horses are perfection!

  3. Thanks for sharing the steps. A beautiful finished piece! And a Merry Christmas to you.

  4. Dean, I love how you often share your new discoveries with us! This one turned out beautiful!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. A job very well done, my friend.
    I hope that you and your family have a very wonderful Christmas.

  6. hi dean,nice work.i enjoy looking at your work.the comment about your new technique,is interesting.i have been painting this way for some time. i find it gives a nice and interesting effect

  7. It was pretty interesting to learn about your technique, they make a wonderful couple! The metals parts are just shining like real.. have a lovely Christmas!

  8. Lovely job. Thanks for sharing the WIP's! Merry Christmas!

  9. This painting is exquisite, I love everything about it!

  10. Great painting. Thanks for taking us though the process.


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