This month’s third Saturday paint-out with About Face was a paint-in at the Columbia Museum of Art with a costumed model. Since I’m currently learning how to paint with oils using knives, I continued practicing with this set up. I was interested in the color harmony between the shirt of the artist in front of me and the model.
For this painting, I blocked in the large shapes with painting knives, and adjusted the details on the model’s face and bodice with brushes after returning to my studio. I used a limited palette of Alizarin Crimison, Yellow Ochre, Hansa Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and White.
As a typically introverted artist, I work alone in my studio most of the time. However, I really enjoy the opportunity to paint with About Face as it always challenges me to paint subject matter I might not have chosen and to learn new skills. If you are an artist in Columbia who would like to paint with a group, click here for more information. If you’re not in Columbia, I encourage you to find a local group of figurative or plein air painters and join in.