Janet Rayner 'Ancient Dreams'

Creating an Oil Painting
The images used here were scanned from snapshots taken of my oil painting 'Ancient Dreams' as I worked on it in 1998-1999. The quality of the images varies.

Sometimes the photos were taken after several days or weeks of progress. This figure represents a portait quality likeness of my friend Shari.

first step used by Janet Rayner to create a painting
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(1) My first step in this oil painting was to draw the main conponents of the work on the canvas with pencil. I then did a light wash using oil paint thinned with turpenoid, blocking in my shapes and colors.

Second step used by Janet Rayner to create a painting
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(2) I roughly blocked in Shari's upper body and feet using undiluted oil paint.
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(3) I started blocking in sand around the figure. The figure here has at least two layers of painting and detail
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(4) The first layer of paint is applied to the fabric, defining th folds and shadows.
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(5) I started painting the pattern on the fabric and enhancing the shadows as needed .
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(6) Underpainting of sand completed around figure, more progress on figure in red and the pattern on the white cloth.
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(7) This shows the completed work. Sand details have been painted over the underpainting, shadows are darkened and defined, the background is complete. This figure took aproximately 35 hours to paint, the sand around her probably took 20 hours. I take all the time I need to get the results I desire.
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