Thursday, January 17, 2013

simultaneous contrast and underpainting

 Lately I have been thinking, what do I want from the underpainting? I keep making changes. I have found that when I tone the paper first, with a series of different pastels, I can work off of a rich gray. That gray affects the quality of the color I place on top and I like those colors more. Read simultaneous contrast. hmmmm.

PS Did you know that warm painting make us feel safe and warm?


Donna T said...

Nice work! That's interesting about toning with grays first. How will it affect the luminosity that you've been achieving in your skies?

loriann signori said...

Hi Donna!
I think the grayer the tone the less bright color I use. Everything compared to gray can be too bright. New color combinations have been found. Good question!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

As I wash off layers of pastel from my "no" paintings of 2012, I often end up with a grayish stain on the paper. I haven't painted on these yet, but I'm eager to! You make it look easy. I'm sure it's not!

loriann signori said...

hi Kvan, I think you will like the gray stain. You can "enhance it with other color and rub it in. Let me know what you think, k?