new student work from pure paint studio

These paintings were done in the style of the Old Masters with a traditional glazing technique. Working from a still life with natural morning winter light gives the soft glow. The first step is a drawing, followed by the underpainting or grisaille. Layers and layers of transparent pure oil pigment are applied, alternating with "scumbles" of opaque white for highlights. This is a slow process, since each layer must be dry before the next can be applied. Each student was working on 3 - 7 pieces at one time. This technique gives remarkable depth and realism. They are truly little gems.