Mastering Fleshtones with a Limited Palette

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. Primarily a portrait and figure painter, she studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christie’s Young Artist Exhibition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 BP Portrait Prize, 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Bring your preferred support
  • Primed Masonite (hardboard), Canvas or Linen Panels. Stretched Canvas or Linen (prime with a neutral gray acrylic), size: 11” x 14″ or 12” x 16”, quantity: 1 or 2 panels/canvases for each class
  • We will use a Limited Palette, no student grade, 40ml tube or larger
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Yellow Light (Gamblin or Rembrandt)
    • Cadmium Red Light (Gamblin or Rembrandt)
    • Quinacridone Red
    • Cobalt Teal
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Ivory Black
  • Any professional brushes in the following sizes are fine. I will have a selection of Raphael and Rosemary & Co. brushes available for purchase during the workshop
    • Hog Hair or Natural Bristle (Flat and/or Filbert) #4 (2), #6 (2) #8 (1)
    • Kolinsky Sable or synthetic (pointed) #4 (1)
  • Mediums: Linseed Oil
  • Brush Cleaner: Gamsol
  • Two clip on metal cups for Mineral Spirits and Linseed Oil
  • Rags or Paper Towels
  • Sketchbook and Pencil (for notes and thumbnails)
Learning how to see and mix flesh colors is deeply fulfilling. We will discuss color theory and practice methods to helps us consistently and reliably mix flesh tones. We will work with a limited palette of 6 colors; Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Teal and Blue-Black (W&N). We will alternate weekly between color matching old master paintings and live model. We will focus on 3 key aspects of flesh tone Hue, Value and Temperature. I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction during the session. This one day workshop will provide you with a clear process and give you the confidence to practice on your own.