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Old 01-08-2018, 06:14 AM
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One Color Imprimatura Paintings

"Imprimatura" is Italien and means the first wash of color on the canvas. Usually a muted earth color. Then the artist paints on top in verdaccio or grisaille or goes straight to color.

However I am painting only the imprimatura layer, in intense colors. I "erase" back to the canvas for the highlights, and add more of the same color paint for the shadows. Since these paintings must be completed all in one sitting I have to work quick, which keeps them fresh.

I started painting these during my painting a day challenge. Which is now over but I enjoyed them so much that I am making more.

"Clock and Clementines"


"Blue Kettle"
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:35 AM
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Re: One Color Imprimatura Paintings

Great looking paintings. Reduction drawing with paint, very nicely done.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:39 AM
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Re: One Color Imprimatura Paintings

These are great Allison and look like fun. I guess you could also call them monochromatic. I like the erase wipe out technique. I only wish it could be done with acrylics as well.
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Re: One Color Imprimatura Paintings

Well done. I'll have to try that.
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Re: One Color Imprimatura Paintings

You already know I like these Allison but I'll say it here too. Really great work, excellent tones.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:54 AM
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Re: One Color Imprimatura Paintings

Nice...I always love monochromatic exercises/paintings like this. Automatic color harmony. Fun to do and to look at...I'm surprised people don't do these more often.
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Nicely done, Allison
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:21 PM
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Re: One Color Imprimatura Paintings

The paintings are nice but don't show much depth of field--it is as if the background merges with the foreground due to their similarity in value. Did you intend it that way? Also, have you thought of glazing over these or similar paintings with color to experiment with the effects of glazing over cool and warm under paintings instead of the traditional grisaille? That would be the most interesting thing for me if I had done such paintings.
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