Earlier this month, I posted on a commission I began for Light of Christ Anglican Church (here). The piece is an icon of Christ, the Light Giver.
As noted in my last post, I began by treating the board with acrylic gesso. I then followed this with the underdrawing. Finally, I sealed the drawing with fixative spray.
In this second step, I applied a yellow ochre acrylic wash. The fixative spray prevents the paint from affecting the drawing; hence, the wash functions much like oil glazes in which the lower layer is meant to show through.
I followed this initial wash with some white highlight work, specifically in the face area. This also provided an opportunity to make subtle changes to Christ's features where the drawing was off, as well as less subtle adjustments to his right (our left) shoulder. I then followed this with another acrylic wash.
My intention with this particular piece is to work entirely by means of washes and glazes. Thus, I will next begin single-color oil glazes, followed again by highlights and shadows, and repeat. Unlike my St. Ancmon icon, then, which utilized more opaque applications of oil paint, I intend to build this piece entirely with transparent layers. We'll see if it works. Do follow along and see.