6x6 oil on panel
I visited Diane Mannion's blog and saw her review of Qiang Huang's workshop. Her notes were very detailed explaining the five steps to his painting process. I decided to give his technique a try. He begins by wiping his canvas with a small (very small) amount of refined linseed oil. I liked the way that helped the paint go on smoothly. Another difference was the use of transparent red iron oxide and ultramarine to tone the canvas. I usually use raw umber. Darks are added and lights are wiped.
Beginning to add color very loosely thinking in terms of cool, warm, light , dark etc. I had trouble with this stage not being used to the slick surface the linseed oil created.
The almost final version again. I want to punch up the color but may have to wait until the linseed oil dries somewhat.
Sometimes I have to prove to myself that I am making progress. This is the pomegranate painting I struggled with a year ago.