Tuesday, October 19, 2010

new underpainting

Two versions, same painting... I wiped this underpainting off a million times- one right after another, all day yesterday. I couldn't stop myself. I didn't want brush strokes so I relied on a tissue rather than a brush. It needed small areas of value change in the tree mass and sometimes it was too much and sometimes not enough.
I am a nut case. I see what I want and can't get it! Below you see the "inspector" informing me this one needs work.
Corot  painted  the soft, gentle light of France.
Did you know? His hazy landscapes with misty grays veiling nature's color, an effect achieved by overpainting while his underpainting was still wet.


Donna T said...

A ha! So that's your secret. You have an inspector to help you with your underpaintings. It's beautiful already. Do you find the brushstrokes distracting later on or are they too hard to cover with thin glazes?

loriann said...

darn, now you know my secret. Having a knowledgeable assistant is SO important.
On another note,yes, the brush strokes can be annoying if you don't want them in that particular place. Sometimes I will sand the off. I find that adding my marks later is better.

Karen E. Lewis said...


Every year I have an open studio sale. After the sale, I go through all the un-selected paintings and cull some, unframe some, set some aside to send to certain galleries, etc.

This year, the process was different. Taking a cue from your posting of "How to critique your own paintings" I set them up 5 at a time and started asking myself those questions. It's amazing how much the comparing of one to another opened up clarity in the strengths and flaws. This year I did something unprecedented: created a pile of paintings to rework. Hopefully I'll learn something from that process as well. Anyway, thanks for the idea, and IT WORKS!


loriann said...

WOW Karen!I am so please that you tried it. Let me know how the reworking goes.I really appreciate you contacting me to let me know you tried it!