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Old 10-26-2004, 10:35 PM
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Still Life with Dark Background WIP

OK, at Dee's request, here is my painting process at the moment.

I set up my objects in my cardboard box stage and take photos of different arrangements. Here's the one I've chosen for the WIP.

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Old 10-26-2004, 10:38 PM
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

I adjust the levels in Photoshop to brighten up the colors and increase the contrast. This is closer to how I would like the painting to look.

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Old 10-26-2004, 10:43 PM
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

A neat trick when working on your sketch is to look at the image in B&W. If you draw from life, you can still snap a photo and use a B&W version as a reference.

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Old 10-26-2004, 11:01 PM
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Here is my charcoal sketch. I use my finger to shade certain areas, but I don't take it too far.

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Old 10-26-2004, 11:07 PM
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Now I take a flat bristle brush and scrub on some Burnt Umber with a bit of water in the darkest areas. I've used Black before; it doesn't seem to matter very much since it all gets covered up later.

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Old 10-26-2004, 11:16 PM
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

I continue by adding more water to the paint for the lighter areas. I don't care if the charcoal dirties the paint at this point.

The next decision is where to start painting with color. I usually start on the darkest areas with some Payne's Gray and perhaps a touch of Naphthol Red. But that will have to wait until tomorrow...

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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

This is looking good. Gonna keep my eye on this.
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Whoa, hold the horses!!
I'm lost, this is on canvas?? You start with a charcoal drawing on canvas and then you paint over the top with acrylics and then use oil on top of that?????
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Thanks dudley, I hope I don't fall down.

Irish...good question! Yes, I've drawn with charcoal right on the canvas. Then I've done a sketchy underpainting in acrylics. I outlined part of the drawing with paint so the underpainting wouldn't erase my lines. I make sure I'm left with a map of the darkest and lightest areas. The midtones are just a wash of watered down paint.

Now I could switch to oils if I wanted to and finish it as an oil painting, or continue with acrylics. This time I'll stay with the acrylics, since Dee wanted to see how I work with acrylics.

Just something to remember...the acrylic underpainting seals in the charcoal so it won't dirty your paint later.

I like to experiment, so I've tried many combinations for starting a painting. I'm settling more on this method.
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

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Whoa, hold the horses!!
I'm lost, this is on canvas?? You start with a charcoal drawing on canvas and then you paint over the top with acrylics and then use oil on top of that?????

Yes! Flemish uses a type of this process.....
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Thanks!!! Waiting eagerly for next installment....

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Thanks!!! Waiting eagerly for next installment....

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Ditto!
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

What fun!

And a great pic to show us with!

Hi Carol! Good to see you!! How do we vote for the thread?
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Blue tool bar at top Mickie where it says Rate Thread.
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Re: Still Life with Dark Background WIP

Can't wait to see the next steps! Thanks for doing this.
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