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Old 07-30-2018, 04:09 PM
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Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

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:




Final painting:




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!
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

Thank you Mark for the explanations and WIP pictures. I love them! I was wondering why you used white on dark gray for the underpainting, then I realized it was acrylic (white in oil wouldn't be a quick drier).

Your textures are fantastic and your detail puts me to shame. I gotta save this thread somewhere and refer to it when I don't feel inspired.

Once again, utterly fantastic work.
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

Mark.....what Alan said.
Wonderful technique and wonderful painting.
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Thank you Mark for the explanations and WIP pictures. I love them! I was wondering why you used white on dark gray for the underpainting, then I realized it was acrylic (white in oil wouldn't be a quick drier).

Your textures are fantastic and your detail puts me to shame. I gotta save this thread somewhere and refer to it when I don't feel inspired.

Once again, utterly fantastic work.
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No need to be ashamed. Your work proves it and is inspiring for the whole WC community.
I guess you could also use a white oil underlayer instead of acrylic. It would be better for blending, but worse for detail. But of course it depends on your own feel in relation to oils/acrylics.
I am used to acrylics and try to get the maximum out of it, after that I switch to oils. But if you're completely comfortable with oils….why not?
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:50 AM
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Mark.....what Alan said.
Wonderful technique and wonderful painting.
Derek

Thanks Derek!
I believe you too are an" acrylics" as well as an" oils" man.

Painting with transparent acrylic white on a grey underlayer is a bit like whiping paint with a cloth in a first stage oil underpainting to make the white of your canvas visible again. The reverse in fact.

But by painting white you can add more detail if you want to.
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Thanks Mark would love to try it. The old oils forum guys are tough on acrylics. They are hard to convince.
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

moderators; Hall of Fame in oils for this, please!

thank you Hamburgerfions for taking the time to record the process while making the world a more beautiful place.
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

It,s a beautifull painting ! Thanks for posting the WIP and some words on the precess, very interesting to learn from. Walter
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

Inspiring
Thank you for posting
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thank you Hamburgerfions for taking the time to record the process while making the world a more beautiful place.

Here, here! A truly graceful painting. Especially like your blue bottle with it's more painterly strokes, and the window reflections in the glass.

A small comment - the orange on the far left has an awkward bump, but perhaps it is some other fruit I do not know.
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Thanks Mark would love to try it. The old oils forum guys are tough on acrylics. They are hard to convince.
Haha! I think some of them could eat me raw everytime I mention the word 'acrylic' or 'alkyd', that's why I posted the WIP in here. YouI'd better be cautious with top to bottom old oil soaked guys.

But most of the time they are just old nice guys. Soaked in oil though!
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:35 AM
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

Ronsu, Walter, Bill & Allison:

Thanks for the comments!

@ Allison: the bump was there in the real orange. Thanks!
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

Lots to absorb and learn here, many thanks!
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Re: Still Life with Glass and some Dust (W.I.P)

Mark, can I ask 2 questions on the process if you don't mind ?

1. You mentioned that after the acrylic underpainting is finished you apply a mat transparent acrylic layer …. is that just mat acrylic medium ?

2. After the week drying when you start with the oil .... do you apply anything in advance to the surface like a bit of oil-medium or oil , or do you start straight on the dried surface ?


Love your WIP .... (I do acrylic underpaintings too but just a lot simpler i.e. more like a colored ground to seal the pencil drawing and tone the surface .... I like how you built-up the underpainting with white paint I have never thought about that and would love to try that out myself).


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Superb!
Thank you for taking the time to post wip progression.
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