Learning from the Masters – John William Waterhouse Copy in Oils – Part 9

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.

http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Lamia-Waterhouse-1-scaled.jpg

In this session – I will be rendering the hair, using a mixture of glazing and direct painting techniques.

  • I begin by laying a glaze of burnt umber and black over the darkest parts of the hair.
  • Glazing deepens the tone and also increases the warmth.
  • If things get too warm when glazing you may need to make you colour cooler (you can do this by adding white, which greys things down.
  • I then patch in some more subdued colours over the lighter parts of the hair as my original colours were a bit too reddish.
  • Try to brush in the direction of the hair when painting – as this helps enhance the impression that the hair is flowing in a particular direction.
  • Finally, you can add any props or smaller embellishments throughout the hair (the pearl clasps in the case of this painting.
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
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