“I have spent time over the past few years refining unique techniques for both my classic oil pieces and mixed media oil paintings.“
- Dimitra Milan
For mixed media oil, I begin by layering different papers directly on the sketched canvas creating one-of-a-kind characteristics and a collage effect. At this stage, I may be inspired to use spray paint or add acrylic elements. For an oil on canvas piece, I will add transparent colors in oil paint staining the drawing.
After working over the initial sketch for both oil and mixed media, I use subtractive tools to develop the highlights bringing the form to life. Rich, dark colors and stylized brush strokes are then thoughtfully intermixed to my work in progress. When the painting is dry, I add more paint and layers creating different effects and textures; some elements are left abstract and others are rendered more realistic.
I often paint women with animals and nature to create a dreamy atmosphere to give the feeling anything is possible.
Check out this video, courtesy of Elia Gedz, featuring Dimitra creating the sketch for her oil painting "Abiding Gaze".