The Magician increasingly gains solidity as the Raw Umber rendering materializes over the roughly sketched outline and white base painting. The sketched wand will take a decorative spiral twisting around the handle, while adding detail elsewhere will make different features sing. I’ve chosen to make the wand long so it corresponds to the sticks with the cloth attached to them.

I’ve asked Sam, my model, to visit the studio to see what I’ve done so far and to have a little time for live reference to her so I can find idiosyncratic characteristics in her features.

I’m thoroughly enjoying the work, and looking forward to the next layers, which will bring whites mixed with Raw Umber to the flesh, followed by the velatura layer that will make her look more lively.

About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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2 Responses to Armed

  1. pearce says:

    Thanks! It’s great to hear from you. Being self taught is a great way to go, unless you can find a good atelier near you, or are close to us here in Ventura County. Good luck!

  2. Your painting is amazing! My stuff looks like crap compared to yours…But’ I improve daily.I am a self taught artist and still struggle for lack of knowledge.I am 55 years young, started painting in 2004. I want a studio one day so I can do large oils. Just finished a portrait Edgar Allen Poe. Anyway great Painting! I saved your site so I can come back. Enjoyed my visit.

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