Adrian Gottlieb's Class Days 5 & 6 plus Extra

I ran out of time between posts working on another painting and didn't get a chance to update. So... for the last 2 classes I've been working on the Piambura stage of Adrian's Verdaccio method. Adrian also likes to book extra days with our model to get more time in. These days are uninstructed and happen when a few of us have days that line up.

For the beginning of the painting Adrian likes to tone the canvas to match the shadow value as close as possible. I prepped my canvas outside of class a few days before day 5. I spent the 1st half of class day 5 transferring the drawing to the canvas. After lunch I started on the Piambura. It's basically white used to model the flesh form. I got a decent amount done but had added too much zirconium dryer and my paint began to tacky up and went down blotchy. If you look close you can see the Raw Umber oil stick I used for the transfer:

1st Pass, Piambura

1st Pass, Piambura

I spent Day 6 fixing the blotchyness and then balancing the major passages. Adrian rightly pointed out that she was over modeled in a few places. I have a tendency to do that here and there in certain places so I'll be incorporating some methods to help me keep on top of that in future paintings. On the extra day I finished up the Piambura and also added the flower and the beginnings of the hair. she really started to take on some form after this class:

2nd & 3rd passes, Piambura with direct painted flower

2nd & 3rd passes, Piambura with direct painted flower

Next class I'll begin on the main stage of the verdaccio. I might also work on aspects of the clothing and background as needed. A new experience!