COMMISSION A NUDE FIGURE OIL PAINTING FROM YOUR PHOTOGRAPH
Nude figure oil paintings painted on top quality canvas 24 inches x 36 inches

COLIN BAILEY
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
COMMISSIONS
Nude Figure oil on canvas
The Figure Paintings and the Fallen Angel series of oil paintings have led to a number of enquiries as to whether I would do commissions.

MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUE
These oil paintings draw on an eclectic range of influences that include Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Caravaggio, Egon Schiele, Euan Uglow and even the famous pin up artist of the 1940's an 1950's, Alberto Vargas!  
Canvas
15oz cotton duck or linen stretched traditionally over top quality branded stretchers from Russell and Chapple in London. Tacked on the reverse using blued steel tacks to leave the edges of the stretched canvas clear ( The painting can be hung as is without the need for framing)
Sized with Rabbit skin glue using tried and tested Renaissance methods (see Cennino d'Andrea Cennini - The Craftsman's Handbook, Il libro dell'arte).
The canvas can be then primed using  acrylic gesso primer or simply stained with an acrylic background colour

Paint and technique
Artist's quality Spectrum paints are used throughout and are diluted with turpentine (not white spirit!) to protect against later yellowing. Thin glazes of paint extended with linseed oil are used to enrich the luminosity of the colours.
The oil paint is applied over the stained or primed background using brushes, rags sponges and fingers, often the paint is wiped off or rubbed down before it is completely dry to leave thin glowing areas of colour with thicker oil paint scumbled or dragged over to produce varied textures.
Commission a nude figure oil painting on canvas from your photograph
Oil Paintings from Photographs
In most cases it is not practical to paint directly from the figure and the use of photography is a valid tool in most artist's armoury - even Vermeer  is thought to have used a Camera Obscura. I use photographs to capture the pose I  want , preferring to use black and white. This gives me a freedom of colour and tone.  The figure is sketched out on the canvas in charcoal and pencil and where necessary an accurate system of measurements are employed (in a similar method to Euan Euglow ) It is never my intention to reproduce a photograph in a photo-realist style.
Commission a nude figure oil painting on canvas from your photograph
COMMISSION A NUDE FIGURE OIL PAINTING FROM YOUR PHOTOGRAPH - SUMMARY
Oil paintings on canvas (cotton duck or linen) 24 inches by 36 inches (unframed)
PRICES: £1000 - £2000 depending on whether plain or detailed background and whether nude or including drapery
PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT  simply reproduce your photograph, backgrounds and clothing are not particularly suited to this style of oil painting and will increase the price quoted. Also I am not a portrait painter and would prefer not to have to paint detailed features if possible! Photographs can be in any format: black and white or colour and should be supplied as a good quality Jpeg.
If you would be interested in commissioning a similar nude figure painting from a one or more of your own photographs please contact me with any questions: Colin Bailey - Commissions
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