Sunday, January 6, 2013


oil 12x9 inches On Thursday I joined a figure painting group at "Perma-Dirty" art space in the Claremont Packing House. I really enjoyed painting Alex because of his fair complexion and especially his eyes. I used the Zorn palette: Twhite, yellow ochre, Gamblin's chromatic black, and this time cad red light instead of my usual cad red medium. The red light helped me get more warmth into the skintones in the light, but it seemed too warm to make the darks for skintones in shadow. Maybe next time I'll use both reds. Coming up on Tuesday evening I'll start figure painting classes again with Joseph Todorovitch. I'm beyond excited!


  1. Really wonderful Karen. Being a watercolor painter, a question - the Gamblin black is blue enough for those eyes? Thanks~

  2. Thanks, Sherry. Yes, the chromatic black produces a nice blue when mixed with white. In his eyes I have mixed a bit of yellow ochre too. But the beauty of the Zorn palette is how the colors relate to one another. The black appears blue in relation to everything else.

  3. Great portrait and I have to admit to being totally envious of you taking from Tororovitch. Hope you fill us in here and there.


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