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When you have an imprimatura on your canvas before you start to paint, it helps you judge values better, and it can also provide a base for optical color mixing effects. Read more information on how to do it in my free lesson:
I painted “Sunset over Sand City” in the industrial district on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It is based on a strong notan composition that I created at the beginning of the plein air painting process. It takes about five minutes to produce a good notan composition, saving canvas, paint, and hours if the composition does not work.
Read more information on how to do it in my free lesson: https://www.virtualartacademy.com/oil-painting-techniques-structured-notan
Sometimes you arrive at a scene and just cannot find a good composition. What do you do? Just carry on regardless?
Here is a suggestion. Instead of starting on a painting you know is going to fail, why not turn it into a learning experience? For example, you could:
Try to capture they main colors of just a part of the scene in front of your as accurately as possible (as I did here in La Spezia harbor in Italy). A kind of color map or a color study.
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