Monday, February 22, 2016

Thyme to paint Gloucester Goose Girl.....a primitive portrait

Today 
I wanted to show you a project
 that I have been working on 
called
GLOUCESTER GOOSE GIRL
Design 
by 
Cynthia Erekson



This is 
primitive portrait 
measuring 
18" x 23"


My Palette


Light French Blue, Dusty Rose, Delane's Dark Flesh, Honey Brown, Blueberry, Burnt Umber, Traditional Raw Umber, Antique Green, Plantation Pine, Antique Gold, Black Green, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Deep Burgundy, True Ochre, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre


Surface Preparation


I prepared my surface 
by first smoothing on one coat
 of 
GESSO 
to 
the front 
of 
the panel




When dry I sanded lightly


I then applied 2 coats 
of 
Light French Blue





I then traced my pattern
 and 
transferred the ground areas
 to 
the panel




Working 
on the 
ground area




I have now painted
 the 
water area

I am now adding 
some
 shading and highlighting 
to 
water and ground

I pounced some "foam"along the waters edge



I have now transferred 
the
 remainder of the pattern 
excluding the details


I am now painting 
the 
dress and collar


I am now painting 
the 
face, neck and arms


I am now working on shading 
the 
dress and collar


I dry brushed the dress to add highlights


Build color up gradually!



I have painted the details
 to the 
face and hair
I also painted
 the 
pantaloons, socks and shoes


I have painted the duck
I used a silk sponge
 to add the 
foliage 
to the trees


I applied a light coat 
of  
to 
my finished piece

I let it dry completely!
I then covered the girl with a paper towel 
and 
spattered all around the outer edges 
with 
Burnt Umber

( To spatter easily with lots of control , dip just the bristle tips of a large stencil brush into the water and mix into a dime size puddle of Traditional Burnt Umber by circling on the palette. Hold the brush over the project and pull some bristles towards you, using pressure as you move the brush across the area to be spattered. Turn brush to access fresh paint. Reload as needed)

Let dry completely!

I lightly antiqued my portrait
 with


Let dry completely!
I then varnished AGAIN using several coats of Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish



Now to paint the frame!
I first sanded then sealed my frame 
using


After it had dried completely
 I sanded it again lightly

I then base coated it with two coats 
of
 Country Red
 and 
let that dry


Now the DISTRESSING part!!!

I used a rasp to file the edges and corners of the frame
I added some dings and dents using a hammer and screw driver to show "age"
I then used an awl to create clusters of wormholes on different areas of the frame


I made a thin wash using water and Traditions Carbon Black
I made sure I got it in all the dings, dents and holes
I then wiped off any excess
This process left the red paint slightly darkened


I then mixed a glaze using Carbon Black, Glazing Medium and Easy Float1:5:2




I used the broad flat side of a 2" sponge brush 
to "press" the glaze
 onto 
the frame
I did one side at a time
I then rolled a paper towel around a thick piece of rope
I then repeatedly
 pressed and lifted 
the rope into the glaze
 along
 the edge of frame


I painted the corners of the frame Carbon Black
I just loved the faux finish wood grain look!

This is the first in a set 
of 
2 primitive portraits

My next blog post
 will show 
how I painted 
Yankee Primitive Fisher Boy

DecoArt provided me with the products to complete this project as part of their 
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs
Thank you DecoArt for so many wonderful products to create with!




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I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint
GLOUCESTER GOOSE GIRL


Happy Painting!
Lynn

8 comments:

  1. Love all these portraits you are doing and how you show techniques. Where can you get the patterns?

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    1. This is a Cynthia Erekson pattern. You can contact her via phone # 978-234-8222. Or you can email qasandi@verizon .net to order

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  2. You did a wonderful job! Love the frame....

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  3. Thank you so much for taking us through your process. The Gloucester Goose Girl is lovely

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Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye