Saturday, December 24, 2011

How To Paint Silk

Girl With A Mandarin Collar
Oil on linen panel
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I painted this silk collar as my demo at The California Art Institute. The silk collar excited me. I painted it fast with dry brush work directly onto the dry linen board with a scratchy old brush and no medium. Thick paint. I like to get in and out fast! Old brushes are very useful. Especially tooth brushes. Don't overlook them.

The third image is from a commission just before I finished it. This is a more polished silk. I took more time on it. Worked with a small brush, following the form. The 'box' of the rib cage is very apparent here. I was working the silk over it. The box was softened and widened at the finish. More gold thread added to the pattern.


Shelley Smart said...

Merry Christmas, Johanna! Are you moved?

Marian Fortunati said...

Back at work I see!! Hope your busy holiday was absolutely the very best!!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks ladies...your posts mean a lot. and yes, I am moved.