Monday, October 4, 2010
experiments with the colors and details of underpaintings
It's funny to me that I am trying hard to get away from description and only paint the essence yet I am creating precise underpaintings. Seems counter productive, eh? You create to take away. I gradually etch away at the underpainting by creating a haze of air and losing more of the precision each time with each layer. That being said, I am experimenting with how much detail is needed to begin with and how much to leave. I also am working with the underpainting color. Note on the paintings above:
top: burnt sienna, transparent yellow oxide, and shale-early morning, early autumn, field Olney
middle:shale, slight addition of burnt sienna- nocturne, cooler, darker, tree Whidbey with path
bottom: all burnt sienna-dusk, distance warm, dark mass in front, next door field
I keep the notes so that I can remember. Since I am now working on up to 6 paintings at a time, it's easy to become confused.
Today is the day..my blog is 3 years old.