Wednesday, August 18, 2010
i can see you with my x-ray vision
X-ray vision is what you need when thinking about an underpainting. The question is..."what lies beneath?" When you see your muse, before you even set up your easel, ask yourself that one question. Think about the concept you want create. The underpainting is your set-up. It is your strength. The delicious pastel goes on top...or in the case of an oil painting the thicker paint is like your pastel. Still you are thinking of bones and skin.
In this hazy, hot morning painting I chose to place hot, potent colors underneath and reserve my luscious neutrals for the pastels. And when they come out to play it's always a surprise to me which game they choose. Sometimes I feel like I am just their playmate. They pastels decide the game, I discover the rules.
This was yesterday's painting. Seems like we are beginning our monsoon season. Rain makes studio work more fun.
On another note, yesterday was my lucky day. I interviewed Marla Baggetta! I have ALWAYS admired her work and wanted so badly to speak with her about it. I was super happy when she graciously took the time from her busy schedule to speak with me. She was just as I imagined. Warm, kind, thoughtful. I can't wait to share her thoughts with you. Hang on...the first post will probably be next week!