Portrait painting from grisaille underpainting to fourth glaze

Here are a selection of photos showing the completed glazes done over the grisaille underpainting in this portrait commission.

Custom portrait commission of a girl laughing, child portrait in oil paint by portrait painter and artist Matt Harvey

The first layer, called a grisaille as its painted in grey, using Titanium White and Ivory Black

First glaze over a grisaille underpainting, oil on board by portrait painter and artist Matt Harvey

The first glaze which was painted in roughly an hour. This is the subject of a film in 4 parts, showing the 1st glaze being painted in oils

Second oil glaze on a commissioned portrait painting by British portrait painter and artist Matt Harvey

The second glaze, painted after a couple of days when the first glaze had fully dried. I use M. Graham’s Walnut Alkyd medium. The alkyd accelerates the drying, otherwise the oil takes at least a week to be dry enough to paint the next glaze.

3rd oil glaze on a grisaille portrait, from a portrait painting commission by British portrait painter Matt Harvey

The third oil glaze shows the colours getting richer. I continue to model the forms of the portrait while I paint the glazes.

Ruby 4th glaze, oil on board, custom portrait commission by portrait painter Matt Harvey,oil on board

4th glaze

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