Vincent Van Gogh a beginning
Van Gogh self portrait, here are the first stages of my painting of him. I used a 12 x 16 inch canvas and made the drawing. I had originally wanted to leave the canvas white as Vincent was said to do this so that the colours would remain nice and bright without having to compete with an earth toned primed canvas. However after my drawing I decided to tone the whole canvas a naples yellow with white mixed in. As Vincent often used a pastel primed canvas I thought I would try this too. I didn't photograph this stage though. I painted in the first stage of his jacket and as I was running out of time and didn't have many colours available for the flesh tones in oils, I decided to paint his hair and face in acrylics. This can easily be painted over in oils later on. The nice thing about doing it this way is that the acrylics dry very quickly. I still have so much more to do on this painting! But it is a very interesting project!
Nice sunny Spring weather here, very uplifting to go for a nice walk in my almost wood! I say almost as most of it did get cut down!
Happy Painting to you all!