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Paint colours used:

  • Gamblin Titanium White
  • Williamsburg Permanent Crimson
  • Williamsburg Quinacridone Red
  • Gamblin Cadmium Red Light
  • Gamblin Cadmium Lemon
  • Gamblin Cadmium Orange
  • Winsor & Newton Green Gold
  • Winsor & Newton Sap Green
  • Winsor & Newton Cadmium Green Pale
  • Williamsburg Ultramarine Blue
  • Winsor & Newton Purple Lake
  • Kama Fluorescent Orange

Figure Painting Demonstration with Cozy Chat

Welcome to this full-length, start to finish oil painting demonstration! In this demo, you’ll see the process of painting a figure on 12″ x 9″ gesso and oil primed watercolour paper.

The first hour and fifteen minutes are narrated, and last ~20 minutes are without narration. This is a loosely structured, mostly unscripted narration, where you’ll hear about the materials and technique, the concept and philosophy, my approach to this subject matter, and more.

The wonderful model for this painting is artist Mel Calabria, whom I met while on residence at the Pouch Cove Foundation. She is an incredible figurative oil painter – be sure to take a look at her work.

Also referenced in this video is the painter Adrienne Stein.

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  • 00:00 Materials and preparation (primer, brushes)
  • 10:00 Colour/palette selection + mediums
  • 18:09 First pass/alla prima approach
  • 20:29 Comments on photo reference
  • 22:36 Painting the background/choices about detail and colour
  • 26:03 Play in painting
  • 29:08 Beginning the figure/primary vs. secondary colours
  • 33:58 Light temperature/shadow colours
  • 39:19 Trusting your colour mixtures
  • 45:47 On accuracy and style
  • 48:34 Technique vs concept
  • 51:43 Talking about my recent paintings
  • 01:03:19 Working with studies
  • 01:08:43 Unanswered questions explored in paintings
  • 01:12:51 Art coaching and support
  • 01:15:10 Narration ends

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