The time before painting often takes a long period of gathering, studying, working on the concept and trying out different compositions.
After determining the composition, Reinout determins te size of the painting. Out of masonite the correct size is sawn and pre-worked with 6 layers primer (gesso).
Then a pencil sketch is made. It is important at this stage that the shapes are shown fairly accurately. The base must be good for a good result later.
A thin watery acrylic layer comes over this pencil layer. This phase mainly serves to display the color intensity and the contrasts.
After the colourbase in acrylic the next phase starts with painting in oilpaint. The color palette is also much larger than the acrylic palette. This phase serves to give the painting body. The objects are then further elaborated: using several types of brushes and sometimes a palette knife
To make sure you do not put your hand in the wet paint, Reinout uses the paintstick. This stick rests on the top of the panel, so you can put your hand on it and paint without touching the panel.
Then the painting must dry to wait for the final stage. At this stage, a transparent oil paint is applied over the old paint layer. This way you get deep color shades and you can enhance the color in certain places. Also, in this final phase, all the fine details, such as glimpses, etc. are applied. The painting is finally done!
A) preliminary research of the theme
B) panel preparation
C) make the composition
D) pencil sketch
E) backgroundlayer in acrylic
F) oil paint, with covering, semi-transparent and transparent paint layers
G) Ultimate transparant layer in oil paint to d deepen the colors
H) After drying, a varnish layer is formed