I hit the magic number today 1111 posts! I did the math, that's an average of 370 a year! My three year birthday is in a few days.Yay!
Back to creating. Here is an underpainting that is really imprimature. Technically, an imprimature is a single colored, somewhat transparent value painting. Its job is to set the mood. Brushstrokes are a no-no, so I do mine with a paper towel, OMS and a couple of q-tips. I slide it around like watercolor- similar to the watercolors underpaintings I do for pastel. Next I brush on some Liquin, which makes it settle into the canvas more and not lift off at the next stage.
A second step, that I sometimes skip, is a full value painting with white and one other color, click here for an example. This is more of a true underpainting. For landscapes I prefer burnt sienna and transparent earth yellow. For an interesting read about underpaintings and Corot's method check out Sadie's detailed description of her idea of Corot's working method here.
second glaze...more to come