Thursday, February 19, 2015


Portrait after Rigaud

This is a small project I wanted to share. Very simple oil primed canvas, seized with a mixture of burnt umber and white, thinned with turpentine. The following paints by Oudt Hollandse have been used: Ivory black, Umber nat., Scheveningen geel, Naples yellow, Ultramarine light, Vermilion.

The photo's quality isn't very good. I shall endeavour to publish a better version as soon as possible.

3 comments:

Aurie Belle Beauty said...

Hi, I've have little experience in historical painting techniques but want to experiment more. In the past, I've only used wood canvases that I have sanded and primed with gesso (and then the burnt umber mixture). I have a project I want to get done pretty quick and I want to experiment with the techniques I've learned but don't know if I want to go through the process of Sanding and gessoing... You just use the burnt umber mixture on the canvas? And then go in with the glazing?

Thank you!

Nicki Schaepen said...

Hello there, Thank you for commenting on this post. The canvas used for this painting was seized with rabbit skin glue and then double primed with flake white. After a drying period of 18 months, the canvas' surface was sanded and then seized with thinned burnt umber and white. I would not recommend to use a gesso ground on canvas, as it easily cracks...

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