Friday, March 4, 2011
choosing colors, preparing the palette
allow the idea to grow? It is probably your biggest question once you know your concept.
Next I make a grisaille, which is essentially a value painting. If that doesn't work the painting never will. I still struggle with how much needs to go into the grisaille.
Next color. For me color is not an accident. In pastel, I preselect my colors and in oil, I premix. Whether pastel or oil I almost always add to the plan later...whatever the painting tells me to do.
I chose the colors for this painting, however my palette may change for the next painting, but basically I always have a red, yellow and blue. This one will be built from 5 colors: mostly transparent. hansa yellow. yellow ochre, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue and last quinacridone magenta, plus white.
Quinacridone Magenta is tricky, so I tried all 3 versions that I own and decided on Daniel Smith's version. I mixed the possibilities, keeping in mind the grays will be much richer if I make them by glazing layers rather than mixing. The major work is next done on the palette. The painting is now in a very awkward stage. Sometimes I just want to jump to it and paint alla prima, but I really love the jewel like depth that glazing can offer. Patience. I am always learning patience.
PS One last thing- I always prefer wood board. So much more is possible and I love starting smooth and adding texture .