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Saturday, December 24, 2011

How To Paint Silk





Girl With A Mandarin Collar
Oil on linen panel
8"x10"
$500
$5 shipping






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.

3 comments:

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.