2013 Mixed Media acrylic, conte on board 10 ply 24×18″

Todays Lesson… Heres a fun project, a little more complicated.. . start by doing a light quick sketch of the subject, in what ever media you favor… and vehicle
I prefer red or brown conte, sometimes use charcoal (hard) working from a photo or live model… I prefer live model… as I usually photograph…(or work from my file of hundreds of models I have photographed over the years…I used to earn a living as a professional photographer, along with been an artist/illustrator I worked all the time when I wasn’t shooting (photo commissions) I was painting client commissions

Lay down some quick fast acrylic, adding bits of paper here and there for effect…lay down a color add piece of paper and continue with the same color … Using heavy overlays (note this is heavy overlaying drying between colors) remember last time the (washes were light…and I used conte as a finish) and drying in between… I start by laying down dark colors first dark green, blues, then overlaying yellows and oranges…. as some of the darks will come thru… Then add gold metallic acrylic paint, also a touch here and there… also mother of pearl metallic acrylic paint… I used to spray paint , with air brush, or spray cans… (thats a waste of time)… but I found that acrylic metallics are better… as you can see the brush strokes come through here and there… and can better control the layers … allowing some of the under painting to come through… and its quick no setting up air brush or looking for cans as I have dozens of them, and no having to clean the air brush…

As I said the project is a little more complicated
then mix a pink two different shades and sparingly wash heavy but the pinks are thin I have added olive oil, (virgin), you can also add linseed oil…(but remember) if you add these oils… and you are working on paper or 10 ply board… you must either pretreat and seal or seal with the acrylics as the oils will stain the paper or board… unless you are looking for that effect you must seal areas where oils will lay… over some of the yellows and oranges… (not completely) over them… leave some yellow and orange coming through and then add some splashes of off white that you mix… over some of the yellows and orange colors… are you with me? Or did I lose you…lol… I know I work very fast…(I learned my craft as an artist/ illustrator and was always working with deadlines)… how I learned to hate that word…DEADLINE

Back to lesson… lol
its the fun and passion of painting… add some reds different shades some splashes of pinks, whites, washes, (light) of raw seinna, finish off with black, and some light detail on the eyes ,( greens, white, light blues) then as your painting is starting to come together… you know the moment… when you are done

Completely dry or let sit overnight… then with 100 grit sand paper (by hand)… I sand the entire painting… more where I want that fuzzy look… note like under the eyes and chin, etc… Many artists will do a painting like this in acrylic and then finish it off in oils… I do that some times…but prefer to do and oil painting … an oil painting… But when I do… overlap oil over an acrylic piece in a fine oil painting… I will sand with 100 grit sand paper and then finish sanding by hand with a 400 wet on wet sandpaper so it takes the oil better although sometimes I do mix the two medias… without sanding for different effect… whatever works for you… as I didn’t go to art school …I learned on the streets earning a living at it… are we having fun yet???

As an artist I have been greatly Blessed and I am happy to share/ pay forward my knowledge/skills that I learned the hard way from school of hard knocks, and many years of working in most every area of the art field

Good Luck


As a self-taught working artist, I have always believed that we are all blessed with gifts. It’s up to us to recognize and develop them; to what extent we will use those gifts to benefit others that cross our path.

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  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 1 year ago

    gracias mhkantor

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 1 year ago

    eon muchas gracias

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    This is fabulous and she is gorgeous! Splendid work.

  • dear Bunny muchas gracias amiga… many thanks for your kind support , and beautiful compliments you are so kind dear

    – Reynaldo

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

  • my dear Robyn thanks so much for the honour of this Feature in Collage with traditional mediums, I very much apperciate you posting my work and thanks for the great job you are doing as host… we as artists sometimes forget… that there are so, so many people that make us successful… we never do it on our own… but only with the kind and supportive help of so many talented people…gracias amiga 13 Mar 2013

    – Reynaldo

  • madvlad
    madvladover 1 year ago

    rey, your a killer,,she,s a beauty,,great loose style,that i love,,red heads, ahhh, my late wife was red head,,unless she didn,t want to be,,it was natural,,but as she ages,i helped her with a bottle,,hope your ok rey?

  • hey amigo… thank u yes I am doing better then late last year… seem to have regained my health and proficiency… as I either paint or I don’t… but when I paint … I paint … lol have a great day Walt and thanks for asking much apperciate

    – Reynaldo

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 1 year ago

    stunning Rey !

  • my dear thank u so very much for the honour of this Feature in creative, talented, unknown group really apperciate 14 Mar 2013

    – Reynaldo

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseover 1 year ago

    Superb, expressive portraiture Rey!

  • thank you very much dear for your compliment much apperciated, especially from such a talented peer

    – Reynaldo

  • banrai
    banraiover 1 year ago

    gorgeous Rey

  • gracias amigo

    – Reynaldo

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenover 1 year ago

    A beauty for sure wonderful details and style thks for the peek at the artist great info well shared :)Pat

  • Pat thank you so much for your kind words and visit

    – Reynaldo

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    Wonderful portrait, Rey

  • thank you so much dear friend

    – Reynaldo

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