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Oil Painting - The Portrait in Layers

Traditional Art Week In this article we will present a method of oil painting which utilizes individual layers to solve a problem at a time. Although well known, I can only call it a modified version, since painting methods varied greatly among schools and teachers. Disclaimer The following is based on one of my lecture demonstrations. I used a self portrait by Anthony Van Dyck as a subject to apply this method, the goal being not to copy. His work is an exceptional example to learn from, it is soft and gentle enough yet bold and painterly where appropriate. I must emphasize that this is not a representation of how Van Dyck painted. However

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