Tuesday, March 30, 2010
open grisaille/swamp painting
Using my many swamp studies and my detailed drawing I have created an underpainting for a new painting. I pushed myself not to just get the feel but to try to get as much information as I felt necessary to read swamp, fog, quiet and a heck of a lot of mystery. I did a detailed drawing on the board before applying paint.
Sadie's blog talks a lot about surfaces so check that to learn more. For this one I am painting on a gesso board that I sanded and am painting with turpentine and transparent brown oxide (instead of the raw umber and ultramarine blue I used last week.) Landscapes need a warm underlayer.
The effect is much like the monochromatic watercolor underpaintings I sometimes did for pastel.
I was VERY careful when painting the edges. Decisions about edges are made last. If you make sharp edges in an underpainting it's hard to lose them.
Still missing Florida!