I have decided to give an account of where I have left off in examining the painting techniques and completing a painting using these methods. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to do a large and significant picture in the manner of Velazquez, I had open heart surgery which took months to recover from. Also, my eyesight was being tremendously affected by cataracts which I have scheduled for removal. On top of all this, I came down with virulent flu in the middle of painting the portrait for this project which put me down for over 3 weeks.
Since, as was mentioned in the previous articles, Velazquez would create portraits in one sitting, painting wet on wet and beginning with a tinted canvas. You can refer back to the other articles here and here and here. I am including in this article essentially raw images of the major steps to the point where I left off. However, this is not the final article. I am not averse to starting all over and doing it again and again until satisfied. I will be doing the same portrait again now that I am better and even though my eyesight is not corrected. In the meantime…
I began by covering a canvas with a tint made from burnt sienna and Van Dyke brown mixed with a little linseed oil and turpentine.
I then removed the excess tint to the point I sought.
While the canvas was still rather wet, I began drawing the portrait with Van Dyke brown directly from the tube.
The palette I used was very limited, consisting of burnt sienna, titanium white, mars black, cadmium yellow hue, cadmium red hue, and Van Dyke brown.
I began layering in solid colors, leaving some areas exposed to the tinted ground.
The remaining images show the layering of solids as some areas get built up.
This is where I left off. Using the same palette, I will try another canvas to the point of completion. If I were simply doing a portrait, I would complete this one by laying more layers and finishing the likeness and surfaces. I may do that but I will put this one aside and start another in the manner of Velazquez in one sitting.
Hopefully, this picture is not like the Requiem from the movie Amadeus!