Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gaucho Demo & Finished Painting

     Today, I will give you all the information to finish your painting.  In this next image I start establishing my early light washes, which I will build on.  I used Cadmium Scarlett on the stripes of the pants, and then laid in some weak washes on the reins and breast collar of the Gaucho’s gear.

     The next step is to start building the folds of the shirt.  I want to get every portion of the painting moving along at the same pace.  The scarf is a weak wash of Cobalt Blue that will serve as the lighter color of the Panuela, or scarf.

     Here’s my painting after I’ve put in three background washes!  

The first was Ultramarine Blue over the entire background.  Next was a light wash of Raw Umber to knock the blue back a bit.  The lower portion of the wash is Light Red.  I will wait to see how the rest of the painting moves along until I add further washes.

     I’ve jumped around the painting, working in different areas, still trying to maintain an overall working method instead of working from one area outward.  I tend to have better value control.  As I bring up different areas in intensity, I personally make better value and color choices with other portions of the painting blocked in.
     The painting has neared the finished stage and I take one final moment to evaluate my progress.

     The painting is now complete after darkening some crevices and adding a unifying wash of Cobalt Blue over the entire background.  Very little of this wash is perceptible, but it works to neutralize and unify.

     Thanks for tuning in for the demo and let me know if I can help with any specific problems you might have run into.  Remember, there are no bad paintings if you learn from the process.  Good luck!


  1. This is a nice series, Mark. Great job!

  2. Thanks! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process.

  3. The stripes of the gaucho's pants are truly amazing and challenging.
    Wonderful instructions.
    You out did yourself, Mark!

  4. Thanks, Melissa! I really enjoyed painting this piece. It's challenging, but rewarding when it all comes together.