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Old 10-04-2017, 02:10 PM
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Underpainting as Painting (?)

I've been struggling for several months -- not much inspiration, and very mediocre work. A few days ago, I began a study of one of my most oft-painted subjects -- the view out my window across a pasture.

I began with some washes as an underpainting. When it began to dry, I began to add texture and interest in the washes.

It's not a great piece, by any means, but it was interesting enough to me to be worth keeping.



I've always admired the work of Wolf Kahn, and though by no means in his league, it reminded me that sometimes the answer is less detail, not more!
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Old 10-08-2017, 02:50 PM
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?)

I have done a second version, but this time layered on top of the underpainted background, while still keeping it very very loose.



This captures my original intent more closely. I was taken by how the grasses' top edge was reading as a warm red-brown against a green backdrop, and the color transition from the mostly sienna field to that point. I also like how the layers of the pasture start as horizontal and then move to vertical.

As the autumn colors transition, hope to do a few more studies of this, playing with the loose quality but trying to convey the textures somewhat.

Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook, 81/2 x 11". Mostly Daniel Smith watercolors.
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?)

That's a good exercise to loosen up and paint freer. Loosely block in the big shapes with an under-laying value and color. As the paint begins to dry, add thicker paint details as needed until you have the effect desired.

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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?)

if you mix a drop of alizarin crimson hue or q rose into you background greens, you’ll get more depth and separation between your foreground and background. There are a few forum posts on here about brush techniques for grasses.

I envy that you can look out the window to that scene.
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?)

A good exercise. I really like the freedom in the 1st, before you added the additional washes.
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Re: Underpainting as Painting (?)

Thanks for the comments, all.

My style/predeliction is to paint fairly flat, without much depth. But I have been trying to get at least some separation of the planes, and to introduce darker colors. I appreciate the reminder to add some other colors into that darker mix.
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