Wednesday, April 14, 2010
underpaintings:warm and loose
Greeen..greeeeeen and more greeeeeeeen!!! The world has turned green, baby green. Personally, I find very green landscapes unappealing. I forced myself to remember that landscapes have a warm bias, even when a cool, overcast, early morning sunrise lights new Spring foliage. You need to find the warm to make it look alive.
So this brings us to underpainting. When creating an underpainting you need to look at the skeleton colors. What is underneath? Paint that; then look at what coats that. Most important: remember, there are NO MISTAKES in an underpainting, ONLY POSSIBILITIES.
In this painting I kept more orange in the landscape than was there. That was my choice. Remember you always have permission to select the color YOU want. You are not a slave to the landscape.
I did two this morning and will post the other one tomorrow. I liked that one better.