Monday, January 17, 2011

Just a quick update as to what the state of the painting is so far. I've decided that the underpainting of the face and chest needed to be refined further before I did the white overglaze, so I wiped off the glaze I did previously, and am in the process of obliterating some erroneous lines that were drawn in right at the beginning. Once the underpainting is more correct, I'll reglaze and begin laying color on to the face.

I'm continuing to refine the landscape by Lisa's right shoulder (on the viewer's left). I'll also begin adding more detail to the right side of the landscape soon. If you look by Lisa's right shoulder, you can see where I've begun to indicate where the layers of silk veils will lay over the landscape.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Just finished reading a fantastic book by Victoria Finlay called Color: A Natural History of the Palette. It documents her international journeys to find the original sources of rare, natural pigments. Fantastic!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Here's a close-up shot of the same mountainous area I took a picture of before. I've refined the colors and shapes further, and am getting closer to the final look of the painting. Miles and MILES to go, but the experience is fun and very challenging!

You can see in the right corner of the image that I've added a glaze of lead white over the flesh areas. I'll add more to the lightest areas of skin to help blend shading even further before I start adding glazes of color and shadow. I've also begun to indicate the embroidery on the guarnello.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Animation of Mona Lisa Painting step by step

The video as uploaded isn't as high-res as the one I made, but, you get the idea!