Oil Painting Demo: Casey Baugh's "Red Scarf"

0809baughdemo6_464x600_2 Casey Baugh's step-by-step demonstration Red Scarf.

The model who posed for the three-hour demonstration.



Step 1
After establishing the scale of the painted head and lightly indicating some of the features, Baugh applied strokes of oil color to indicate the dark color of the hair and the neutral-gray tone of the background.


Step 2
The artist was concerned with the totality of the figure, clothing, and background because they were all part of his “peripheral” vision.


Step 3
Next the instructor brought each area of the canvas up to the same level of completion before focusing on the details in the face, hair, and clothing.


Step 4
Baugh warmed the color of the background, added dark accents to the scarf, and refined the painting of the mouth, ears, and eyes.


Red Scarf
2008, oil, 20 x 16. Collection the artist.

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17 thoughts on “Oil Painting Demo: Casey Baugh's "Red Scarf"

  1. I see no mention of how long it was taken to get from Step 4 to Step 5?….There is a lot of finish in the final painting which in no way can be achieved in a 3 or 4 hour pose!
    Did this get noodled in the studio and how long was spent on it?

  2. It looks like Step 4 was the finish from the live sitting and step 5 was the finish after several hours of noodling in the studio…. completely different colors in the flesh tones. You got a ways to go kid.

  3. Im not sure why people feel the need to make such juvenile comments but it is obvious that this guy is a master painter. And just because a painting is not finished in 3 hours does not mean it is no good. In this case, however, it was finished in 3 1/2 hours.(I was there!)
    Just in case you do not know, the art buyer (or anyone else for that matter) does not care how long it takes to create a painting. The end result is what matters. And this painting is a fine example of a masterful “end result”.

  4. I agree also…The painting is beautiful! No matter how long it took the artist. He has got to be pretty good to have his work chosen numerous times in magazines..not to mention the cover (several times) in the American Artist. How great can that be? He has come alot farther than most. Great Job!

  5. I want to thank Casey for giving inspiration in a dark period of fumbling. His work is where i’ve always wanted to go, but could’nt see it. It is reality as we see it, not as a photo .True, to see more steps would be great, but it was enough to stimulate without simply copying.