I just finished this still life.
Oil on Di Bond, 24 x 36 in (60 x 90 cm)
And these are some pictures of the work in progress:
First I transferred my drawing onto the white prepared gesso panel with pencil. After that I applied a uniform acrylic grey on top of the panel (with brush and paint roller), in such a way that I still could see the drawing shining through.
After drying, I started the grey underpainting.
The uniform grey is considered to be my midtone and from now on I only use white paint to define my values. The grey background is my midtone and only at the end I will use some black for the shadows.
Enough talk, here are some pictures:
Some close ups:
What one colour (white) can do!
I have finished my whites (and eventually my midtones). Now it s time to add my shadows. Only black transparent paint is used:
The result is very luminous (because of the transparent layers), and it s very hard to equal this same luminosity in oils (opaque and transparent glazes).
As you may have noticed maybe: already in underpainting I take care of some details:
The reason for this is obvious: it s a lot easier to obtain detail in aqueous paint than in oilpaint. In oilpaint it would take much longer, with the risk you'd be drowning into the oilpaint.
After 40 hours of painting, the grey acrylic underpainting is finished, I let it dry for a week or so. But before letting it to dry, I applie a mat transparent acrylic layer on top of the underpainting.
After a week of drying starts the first layer of colour in oils:
Now, the second. Some objects such as the cloth were done in 1 layer. Afterwards I will glaze on some parts.
And than follows the most nervous work: the finishing. Minor adjustments, some more detail, glazes...and a lot of looking at the painting.
It may look as there is very littlle difference between the coloured layers (image resolution), but there is indeed. Just look for yourself:
And a few close ups:
There is still a lot to tell, but I already spent a lot of time on this. Time for a rest. Not long though.
Hope you enjoy!