Joseph Larusso’s Palette – Figurative Oil

I recently did a workshop at the Scottsdale School for Artists – a figurative oil painting workshop with Joseph Larusso.

Larusso has a very loose, unblended style to his portraits – when you look at them up close, they look like strips or sections of color just laid down, side-by-side. Yet viewed from a distance, they look blended and realistic.

I think this is because of his very unique color palette and you can see exactly what I mean in this video here:

And while we’re on the topic, check out Carina Karlsson‘s new site – a fellow workshop participant and my burrito buddy every lunch hour!


2 thoughts on “Joseph Larusso’s Palette – Figurative Oil

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to post these videos. I’ve been a long time fan of his work and wondered about his process.

  2. That’s great Donna! You’re so very welcome. His work is really unique and we all were amazed by how he just laid down the colors next to each other with very little and often NO blending. But I believe his unique tonal color palette is what facilitates that, without it looking harsh or garish.

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