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The Technique

The technique I use is one taught to me by my art instructor, Efim Frumin, who rediscovered the secrets of the Dutch and Flemish masters. You can read more about this technique at his website, Art Class Houston by Efim Frumin, where you can also view a sample of his paintings and those of some of his other students.

Most of my paintings are done from a combination of real life and pictures. In some cases, the portraits are completely created from small photographs. I have used an example of the painting titled "Still in Love" to illustrate the technique.
The painting began with a rough charcoal sketch of the photo (size: 1" x 1 and 1/2") on a hand prepared canvas. After brushing away most of the charcoal, a very light underpainting is executed with tempera paints, capturing the forms and composition.
Finally layer upon layer of oils are lightly applied, strengthening the color, providing contrast and depth with each subsequent layer until, over time, the painting comes to life. For a larger, detailed view of this portrait, visit the "Portraits" collection via the links listed below.

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