Not varnish, but oiling out. Feeding the surface pigments with fat and achieving some of the same properties as varnish such as unifying the surface quality, increasing contrast and enriching colors. Essentially returning chroma and values to what they were when the paint was wet. It’s allowed to “soak in” for a few minutes, then excess is lightly wiped off using a clean cloth. I’ve found that a second application after a week or so of drying really makes a piece glow. 50/50 Galkyd and Gamsol. Varnishing can be done at a later date for an additional protective layer. Please excuse my shoddy camera work... 👋
I did this colour Hare tattoo today! Combined with the ‘fat over lean’ oil painting technique, inspired by the Italian masters. It’s not quite finished, plus more detail to be added! 🎨✨
I loved doing this piece so much.
One last figure drawing before the Christmas holidays. A lot of fun trying to figure out how everything, i.e. breast, fat, loose skin etc., is hanging on the small bony structure under it all. #figuredrawing#figurestudy#fatoverlean#drypastel