Oil Painting: Step by Step: Johnnie Liliedahl's "Lady in White"

11 Aug 2008

0708liliedemo4_476x600 In the fall 2007 issue of Watercolor, Johnnie Liliedahl discussed Old Master approaches that help her students understand the basics of oil painting. Here, we present a demonstration for her painting Lady in White.

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A photograph of a model who posed for this portrait painting demonstration.
Step 1:
Liliedahl’s drawing of the model on a toned canvas.
Step 2:
The grisaille underpainting of the model.
The Completed Demonstration:
Lady in White
2005, oil, 30 x 24. Collection the artist.

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J Beerbaum wrote
on 10 Sep 2007 8:23 AM
Wonderful painting but with not enough information to be most helpful.
D Koetting wrote
on 16 Sep 2007 10:35 PM
I agree with J Beerbaum in that a photo, 2 steps, and a finished painting doesn't help me much on my quest to do more portraiture. Also, I find the painting much improved if I hold my finger over the bright yellow flower on the left of the sofa, allowing my eye to stay on the beautiful subject.
M wrote
on 4 Dec 2007 3:51 PM
Three steps... draw, underpaint, then paint. Being an artist is just that easy!
Sergio Chermont wrote
on 23 Dec 2007 9:00 AM
Liliedahl is a master on the portrait painting! Pity that we don't have more info about the sequence!! But its a terrific portrait! Whistler will like that white sinphony!
Boris Bello wrote
on 17 Jun 2008 10:20 AM
It'll be great to see the stages on video, just like you did with "Portrait of Victoria." Excellent tutorial, available on YouTube. Give us more like that! THX
Glossary wrote
on 4 Nov 2014 11:56 AM

Initial paint layer to block in shapes for subsequent layers