Gloria Moses | Technique Mixte Process Explained

 Process of Technique Mixte: 
     Technique Mixte style was reintroduced by Master Painter Patrick Betaudier of France.  Developed through studying the chemical recipes and methodology of process of the Flemish "Old Masters," such as Jan van Eyck.  Technique Mixte, while time consuming, creates a painting that just glows with color and depth.  This is a style that enables me to achieve an intricate level of detail and a greater luminosity of color than oil paint alone can produce.  
Flamenca Drawing  

      The process begins with a finished value drawing and is considered the painting's "frame."  By completing a detailed drawing on a canvas or board the values, composition and structure of the painting are completely worked out.
 Flamenca Drawing2

    The drawing is then toned with an Imprimatura, which is a thin even wash of paint (ie. Sienna, Red Earth, Prussian Blue, Viridian,...). The under-painting employs a tempera/glue emulsion mixed with powdered, leaded flake white paint.  Once thoroughly dry, the dark (Umber, Sienna,...) paint values are applied with an oil medium to further enhance the forms.


Flamenca Drawing3

    Then the whites are progressively brought up once more using tube lead whites and an oil medium.  At this point, the drawing is completely replaced with a monochrome, where the modeled forms are fully developed.  This is followed by a thin optical grey veil of tube lead white and tempera/glue emulsion over the entire painting to create depth, cohesion and to prepare a path for color to follow.  For example, to get to the vibrant red dress, it must first be glazed with a yellow base.

First glaze of red

      Finally color, this is when the fun begins.  Multiple layers of colors are glazed and scumbled over the form and the painting starts to come alive.  A yellow glaze is followed by several glazes of reds which gives the depth and richness seen in the dress of the finished piece.