28cm x 34cm, oil on lime
Verdacio is made up of yellow ochre and burnt umber, maybe a little bit of lamp black. It is such a strange feeling, preparing the under painting. So much was unknown, did not look anything like anything. Then the shadows are built up, going darker and darker, then comes the highlight, getting brighter and brighter. Then just as you think: why is this so flat? on comes the glazes. walnut oil, yum yum. then all of a sudden, all the layering took on a translucency, and out pops the face, in all the lights and darks, in a muted but lively shimmer. Glaze, paint, glaze, paint, glaze, paint....
I finally understand why some paintings took years. Takes that long to dry before the next layer. Can't rush. Bad things happen. Patience is gold.