Underpainting, Dean Bootman portrait

This is the second stage of the portrait. This is the underpainting done using Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and a little of Titanium White. It is done on the finest of Belgian Portrait Linens using an oil ground. Next I will apply the color.

About Russell Recchion
Russ is an award winning portrait and landscape painter and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He studied and painted extensively in England and Italy. A member of Portrait Artists of Arizona, Brown County Art Guild,Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and the Hoosier Salon, where he was the winner three years in a row for Outstanding work in Portrait, Outstanding work in Landscape, and Outstanding work in any medium. Russell Recchion is listed in John Castagno's American Artists: Signatures & Monograms 1800 to 1989. Metuchen, NJ. Scarecrow Press, 1989.


2 Responses to “Underpainting, Dean Bootman portrait”
  1. Don Rogers says:

    So, are you doing the underpainting in a raw or burnt umber? Recently I wen to philly to watch Nelson Shanks demo his painting method. Hope you are well!

  2. Don Rogers says:

    Hey Russ,
    Another thought to share – I use a raw umber as a this wash then after an initial block-in, I will mix varying amounts of white til it is a full tonal painting. Then at that point, it seems easier to glaze and build up the color layer.

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