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Old 01-16-2013, 09:39 PM
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WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

8" x 10", arches 140# cp. WN and M Graham artist paints.

Reference is from the WDE 1/11/13 posted by JEFrantz.

I've experimented with purple underpainting in the past but it always overpowered the colors on top. I read in "Building Brilliant Watercolors" by Judy Treman that you should vary your mix of purple depending on the colors underneath. For light colors, I used Quin Rose and French Ultramarine. For darker areas I mixed the FU with Perylene Maroon. I also varied warm vs cool.

Here's the first step.



Doing the underpainting let me really focus on values. For each edge between two objects or shapes, I looked to see which side was lighter and which was darker.

Next step will be to glaze with local color. I'm anxious to see how it turns out.

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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

Very nice Anne. I've got that book too. Will be following with interest, you are off to a brilliant start!
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

I also read the book - however, the technique never worked for me. It always got muddy. I hope it works for you - and I might just possibly learn something new. Will be watching. Good luck.
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

This is a fun technique, and I like the new variation on which purple to use when doing it depending on what is going to go on top. I've had problems with it in the past too, although I like the technique.

You are so right, it definitely makes you think about values more to use the purple first.

Looking forward to seeing the next steps.

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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

wow, I never tried that technique myself, somehow I thought this is what you do with oils *shame on me*. Don't know the book either... will be following this, thanks ever so much for showing how you proceed!
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

This painting already looks good as a monochromatic. I like the change in approach by using warm and cool tones... I'm really looking forward to your local colour...
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

I've done a little more work on this although you can't see much.

Here is a link to the ref in the RIL so you can see the colors I'm aiming for.

To keep everything from getting muddy, I'll be limiting my pigment choices to transparent colors. For that reason, I won't use gold ochre which is on my palette. I won't use any of the cadmiums or cerulian blue even though these would work well color wise.

I will use the French Ultramarine, Permanent Rose (Quin rose) and Perylene Maroon (the dark, cool red on my palette) that I used in the purples. I'm going to add Daler-Rowney Indian Yellow (PY153, gamboge in other brands), WN Burnt Sienna (similar to a quin rust) and Winsor Violet. I may add more as I go.

The first area I'm going to work on are the jugs. The left jug is near white with cool highlights. I did the shadows on this one with a weak mix of FU and Quin Rose leaning toward blue. For local color, I used mainly FU with touches of Burnt Sienna, Quin Rose and Indian Yellow dropped in.

The jug on the right is warmer, a pinky beige. I started with my Indian Yellow and mixed it with Winsor Violet to get a light brown. I dropped in bits of Indian Yellow on the paper around the orange and some Burnt Sienna and Quin Rose here and there. I used FU along the bottom. It may be a little too bright yellow in spots but I'll wait until I have the other colors in before I make any adjustments.

I'll work on the apples next to get some real color in here!

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exiting Anne.... thanks for describing your color policy.
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

I did some work on this this morning in my art class. I added local color to the rest of the painting. I found that even though the purple underpainting was there, I still had to restate some of the shadows in the dark areas.

I still have some tweaking to do. I need to clean up some of the edges and strengthen some of the shadows. The front apple and orange need a little more work too.

I'll post again once I have put in those fixes.

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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

This is coming along beautifully. Really like the wonderful work you're doing here.
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

Very interesting, Anne, thank you for doing the WIP.
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

Fabulous WIP, Anne! I've always loved the purple underpainting but haven't mastered it myself. I think yours is going to be great. I can see the rich colors that are emerging. Nicely done so far.
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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

I think I'm done! The colors turned out vibrant and I feel the technique was successful. I will use it again.

The final step was just a little cleanup of the edges and strengthening some of the shadow areas further.

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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

Anne,
on this most informative WIP on the Purple underpainting technique.

Your painting turned out really nicely.

I'll add this to the Learning Demos in the section on Purple Underpaintings!

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Re: WIP: Still Life with Purple Underpainting

This is wonderful...the table, the gloss and reflections, WOW! I, also, have not perfected underpainting skills (although I have tried it on some pansies, which is a "no brainer" since they were purplish pansies )! Thank you so much for sharing this WIP, and, definitely, it should be in demonstrations!

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