Sharon's Quick Sketch of Model
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful color palette that Jeremy Lipking uses for his painting. Besides the usual Ultramarine Blue, White, Orange and Burnt Sienna is a cobalt blue, teal and lavender that he mixes himself. Jeremy works his magic with a painstaking eye for detail. His colors are slowly layered to achieve real depth and life to the figure. I am including a few pictures of Jeremy's study which show his process of layering subtle skin tones over each other to give life to the face.
Jeremy Lipking and the Model
He started with a terracotta base for the skin and added blue and green flesh tones over the initial under-painting. He also used that lavender color for highlighting that really pops out on the forehead. Though only a rough study the beauty of Jeremy's painting is easy to see.
During one of the breaks, I took a look at the portrait show that was on display at the museum. The three artist who where painting in the courtyard where also in the show. I particularly liked Sean Chatham's work. His paintings have an edge which showed in his version of the live model too. His portrait of her had the street smarts attitude that was a part of her.
The demonstration was a great opportunity for everyone to see art in the making and it was all free. Thank you Long Beach Museum of Art for this opportunity and I hope there will be more events like this in the future.
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I guess I'm a few years late, but thanks for the great post. I wish I could have been there; Lipking is one of my favorite painters for sure. You wrote, "Besides the usual Ultramarine Blue, White, Orange and Burnt Sienna is a cobalt blue, teal and lavender that he mixes himself." I'm curious, do you mean he mixes a custom cobalt blue himself? His cobalt often does appear lighter than most... If you know how he does it that would be great. Thanks again!
I asked him about the three colors and unfortunately he premixed these colors before coming to the demo. I may have a photo of his palette. If I do I will post it in another blog.
Thanks a lot. I appreciate you taking the time respond. I found your blog through this post, but I've really enjoyed looking through your other posts too.
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