Posted by: lmcg1 | January 24, 2008

Underpainting

 underpainting

After my first class in Painting II with Iris Hauser, I think (I hope) I am beginning to understand the concept of underpainting a bit better, at least from the perspective that Iris uses it. She underpaints to enhance or to dampen down colours that will be layered over in the final painting. Now I understand better why her paintings have such a glow to them. It is actually a lot like Richard Nelson’s Tri-Hue process with watercolour. The colours are made by layering glazes. This is a really complex way to paint as you really have to think about how you are going to achieve your colours and values ahead of time. The results are amazing however, if you can get it to work. Unfortunately, neither of these artists have paintings on-line.

 Above is the beginning of a study I am doing for the class. It has the initial underpainting on it. Right now it looks very ‘Alex Colville’. I took the photo on a winter sailing to Saltspring Island and it was very overcast, with sudden outbreaks of light. So will see how it turns out in the end.

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