1. I created this painting demo to help students with mixing flesh tones. I am painting over a dry, scraped out, quick 10 minute demo from a previous class to help students understand how to approach a painting on the second session, how to rework a previous painting, and how to adjust anatomy/composition during the painting progress (especially notice how the left eye had to be moved considerably). This painting is a self-portrait, painted from a mirror (real time - approx. 30 mins).

    PALETTE (counter clockwise from bottom left corner of palette):
    - French Ultramarine (FUM)
    - Alizarin Crimson
    - Cadmium Red Light
    - Burnt Sienna
    - (Raw Sienna - missing in this video... I ran out of it, but usually it's there)
    - Yellow Ocher
    - Naples Yellow
    - Raw Umber
    - Burnt Umber
    - French Ultra Marine (yes, again... I keep FUM next to my Aliz Crimson for violets, and also next to my Burnt Umber for blacks)
    - White
    - Cobalt Blue
    - Vermillion

    Regarding different skin tones - I use the exact same palette, adjusting the ratios of color for all skin types.

    - Cobalt Blue and Vermillion for shadow colors
    - Alizarin Crimson and FUM for very deep shadows
    - Adding Burnt Sienna creates "sun kissed" tones
    - Adding a hint of Cad Red Light to light flesh tones "rosies" them up
    - Use all ratios of colors. "Swirl" paint on palette, adding a little of this and that, until you find the color. Also, while the paint is wet mix on the canvas. Avoid using a palette knife to try and make the "perfect" color before you paint.
    - Use lots of brushes. Wipe your brush off a lot. Avoid too much thinner.
    - Darks are always darker than you think they are.

    My medium is 1 part Damar Varnish, 1 part Stand Oil, and 2 parts Turpentine (or other solvent - students must use Gamsol).

    I am using soft, synthetic, white-hair brushes.

    This painting is painted on a cheap, store bought canvas. I only use these for class demos. To learn how to build, prime, and stretch a canvas, go here: vimeo.com/sarahstolar/stretcher

    Videography by Jeff Medinas
    Editing by Sarah Stolar
    Music by Thievery Corporation


    # vimeo.com/52395394 Uploaded
  2. Here is a tutorial on building, stretching, and priming a canvas I made for my painting students at SFAI. Enjoy and please share. (Sorry for the messy studio)

    # vimeo.com/25439042 Uploaded


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