Learning from the Masters – John William Waterhouse Copy in Oils – Part 6

In this series we will be working on a master copy in oils. I am using a 19th Century painting of the mythological figure ‘Lamia’ by John William Waterhouse as my reference.

You can use the same reference by clicking the link below, or you can find your own masterpiece to work from.

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In this session – I am working the first of several detail passes over the face of Lamia. I am using the following materials:

  • OIL PAINTS
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow – Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • ODOURLESS MINERAL SPIRITS (OMS)
  • LINSEED OIL
  • RANGE OF LARGE AND SMALL OIL BRUSHES
  • PALETTE
  • PALETTE
  • CUPS
  • CANVAS

Process

  • I start by using my medium (1:1 linseed oil to OMS) to oil in the darker tones and create a ‘couch’ that will make it easier to blend the details into one another.
  • The I block in some colour and temperature (warm/cool) shifts over the dry layer below.
  • I keep adjusting these colours and tones while adding smaller transitions to define the smaller forms and details.
  • Once happy with these colours and tones, I begin to soften the transitions between colours and make the painting appear less blocky.
  • I will leave this until touch dry before working over this area again.
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