Thursday, February 26, 2015

Oil Painting Progress

By Donato

This is one of those weeks (months/years) where I will be a bit short on my blogging/posting as I commit most of my labor to the creation of the large format oil painting  Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian.  Here are a few progress shots as of today.

Most of the color you see is the acrylic wash layers.  I have now begun the detailing, further structural modeling, and coloring in oils.

For the previous MuddyColors post on the drawing and scale reference:

The toned drawings below were created while outside the studio.  Hard to pack a 120" wet canvas for travel and to work on while on vacation  :)

Back to work!

Melisandre - A Song of Ice and Fire      11" x 14"

Gandalf on the Bridge of Khazad-dum    11" x 14"  


  1. Gifted, no doubt. Keep working :)

  2. Those blues and greens you're using as washes-- are those close to the colors you'll be laying down in oils, or are you deliberately picking contrasting colors for the underlayer?

  3. Awesome endevor! Keep going. I have been wondering if I will be able to see this at Illuxcon this year? I'd understand if not. Like you said, hard to pack a 120 inch canvas haha.

  4. Wow! All these oil paintings are looking wonderful. They are describing the history. You know I want to make a beautiful Aboriginal Art painting using oil painting techniques. I wonder if you can share some guidelines for this!!

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  6. Nice work really like it, great collections of paintings, thanks for sharing for all at one place.

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