Posthumous portrait

I have painted a number of these over the years but haven’t shown any until now. I thought this one worked well with the glazing process.

posthumous portrait by UK portrait painter and artist Matt Harvey

Posthumous portrait, oil on board

I obviously stuck closely to the photo reference I was sent, and I painted the face using a Raw Umber and Titanium White underpainting, or grisaille and then followed this with glazes and halfpastes of Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Brilliant Yellow, Burnt Umber and Ivory Black

I felt it demonstrates the glazing process as you can see how the glazes went on to the surface and some brushstrokes are still visible. I like the way you can conjure details, like the teeth, with just a few strokes of the brush. I always like to have a ‘truth to materials’ approach to painting, where as well as depicting something real you are aware that it is an illusion, and just paint on the surface.

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