|Closed Grisaille - Oil on Panel 8x8"|
Once the open grisaille was dry, I used my premixed tubes of neutral grays to paint the closed grisaille. The closed grisaille is a painting usually using neutral grays that allows the artist to focus on the value structure without the complexity of color. I have values pre-mixed and tubed from a value 2 neutral gray to a value 9, titanium white is a value 10 which I did not use. Pre-mixing and tubing your oil paints takes time and can seem a little tedious at the time but having your own tubed paints is priceless!
As this painting was done from life without a prior sketch, I used the beginning of the session to correct drawing errors that were painfully obvious once I came back to the easel with fresh eyes. Even if I had done a prior sketch before jumping in with paint, I find I am always fixing small drawing errors. As long as they get smaller as I progress, I think that is ok ;)
The closed grisaille was completed in two short sessions as I was dragged away mid-session, argh. I was not able to soften the edges in the background as much as I would have normally but hopefully it will not cause me too much grief.