It's all done and I'm extremely proud of this self portrait. It took me 5 days which is pretty fast, even for me. I just signed it today and photographed it for my website. I'm going to wait until it's fully dry before I varnish it.
One tip that I read somewhere a long time ago is that you should photograph your painting before you put any varnish on it. The main reason for that is to avoid a glossy glare which the varnish adds to a photo. I've tried to photograph oil painting after varnishing them and it's extremely difficult.
I also think that the varnish is really only a benefit when viewing the painting in person; the purpose of varnish is to make the dry colors come back to life, but that doesn't seem to matter in a photograph anyway. So, in a photograph, it doesn't matter whether the colors are dry and sunken or not.
This portrait is progressing really nicely! I think 1-2 more days of work on it until it's all done. As a side note, I've removed titanium white on my palette. I removed it because I feel that the pigment is too powerful.
Also, my medium right now is:
-1 ounce dammar varnish
-1 ounce stand oil
-5 ounces Gamsol
- 15-20 drops of cobalt drier
It's a good all around oil paint medium and dries quickly also!
I haven't painted a landscape in a while so I decided to begin a small painting/portrait of my house. It'll be a nice painting to have when I'm older to remember my childhood home. I'm working with a new medium and a very traditional basic palette which I'm much happier with. I'll write another post that goes into detail about my new medium and palette.