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Old 02-14-2019, 08:31 AM
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Experiment With Complementary Color Under Painting

I recently completed "The Clearing" (below) applying complementary colors in acrylic as an under painting. I am pleased with the vibrancy of the greens and reds of this scene. I followed up with an experiment, trying various hues of water color on Uart sanded paper. You can read about my "experiment" in the blog link here.

I would love to hear more about under painting techniques, as this approach can truly bring out the brilliance of pastel!

"The Clearing"
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Re: Experiment With Complementary Color Under Painting

Thank you for sharing this, Bob. I'm going to move your post over to the Gallery where it will attract a bit more attention. I'll leave redirect arrows so that you won't think I kidnapped your thread.
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Re: Experiment With Complementary Color Under Painting

That's a lovely painting, Bob, with interesting bits of underpainting showing through here and there to give a little life. Nice blog article too! I get too distracted if I use more than two different colors for underpainting. You are fortunate to be able to recover from that colorful stage. Keeping edges soft or indistinct in my underpainting has helped me a lot. I tend to get too fussy otherwise and sometimes a hard underpainted edge is difficult to cover. I hope you'll post the results if you do more experiments!
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Re: Experiment With Complementary Color Under Painting

I agree with you about the advantages of under painting Bob...I use acrylic under pastel most of the time. Really like your use of compliments in this one!
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Re: Experiment With Complementary Color Under Painting

How do you make it so that the acrylic has enough tooth for the pastel to come on top?
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Re: Experiment With Complementary Color Under Painting

Nice work Bob. You website has a lot of interesting info.
Have you tried pastel & alcohol as an underpainting? I would imagine it would not fill the tooth as much as acrylic.
I have not tried either yet but am tempted to give it a go after seeing your work.
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