Monday, April 14, 2014

Flemish Technique

The Flemish Technique, practiced by master painters in 16th century Flanders builds great depth of color, ensures a full value range, and helps with accuracy in realism.  I recently documented a painting of pansies that I did in the Flemmish Technique.  I really enjoy this technique as it breaks everything down to manageable steps and builds such rich depth in the painting that you just can't seem to get with a direct painting method.  It is very interesting that paintings done in the Rennaisance will outlast any done afterward.  They just get more beautiful and transparent with age.  Museums spend a lot of money trying to care for more modern collections in which the artists didn't understand the chemistry, materials or techniques behind good works of art.

Transfer Drawing to Your Support
Imprimatura to establish a mid-tone wash to judge values better.

Umber Painting to establish shadows

Dead Layer or Grisaille to establish values

Color Layer

Highlights and Details

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