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Oil Painting Techniques: C.W. Mundy: Painting From Upside-Down Photographs

Oil Painting Techniques: C.W. Mundy: Painting From Upside-Down Photographs

C.W. Here, we look more closely at his innovative technique for painting portraits from upside-down photographs in this step-by-step demonstration of Bourbon Street Chef, New Orleans.

Step 1
Mundy began the demo by lightly sketching in an underdrawing.
Step 2
Holding his photograph upside down to make sure he was seeing his subject subjectively, Mundy next began blocking in his light, medium, and dark values.
Step 3
Mundy worked from the bottom of his canvas up as he painted sections of colors.
Step 4
The artist painted in his darkest darks with large strokes of color.
Step 5
Once the form began coming together, Mundy added his lighter values and details to the figure.
THE COMPLETED PAINTING:
Bourbon Street Chef, New Orleans
2006, oil on linen, 36 x 24.
Private collection.

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