Underpainting

On this is a continuation of the sketch from the previous blog. At this point the image has been transferred and I began laying out areas of paint to build off of. This piece has been laid out with water-based acrylic cans. I like them for laying out areas of color for the underpainting. I really feel underpainting is  one of the most important parts of painting, it’s that’s the foundation of which you’re going to build everything around.

The underpainting colors will always at least to my eyes seem to shine through the make colors either more vibrant or they can make colors darker or muted. I read somewhere within my art history lessons that Renaissance artists would paint under paintings and certain tones to make things more vibrant or darker. For example if you put red down as a base things will be brighter, and if you put green down it cooler, or darker. So I started applying that to my painting and hopes to create a similar effect.

After the base is laid out, I’ll cut back and forth with the cans sculpting on a canvas know you’re except you’re doing it with lights, darks, and mid-tones. Water-based acrylics are nice for this part because you can either just using straight out of the can or you can water down the color and paint directly on the canvas or mix it on a pallet. I get it where I want it with the cans, I start going in with heavy body acrylic to build areas and textures with brush marks, these marks help to develop planes and textures. This Unity of Mark making between can and brush will Go On for most of the duration of the painting

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