Thursday, February 19, 2009
I really enjoy trying new methods of painting. This one was really fun. Some people in my art group had been to a work shop in this method and so we all tried it. The results were fun and really varied. You first analyse the picture you are to paint. Then you work out two colors for the underpainting. This is painted on white colorfix paper. For dramatic results go for the complimentary colors. Work them in heavily with pastel just blocking in the shapes. Then get a large paint brush soaked in metholated spirits and paint the pastel. Use more metho if you wish to have runs and splash marks in your work. Wait for the under painting to dry. Then you work your painting on top of the underpainting.
I used orange and green for my under painting and then worked red browns and blue over these colors. I liked the fact that the under painting could be used to block in your big shapes. It gives the painting an interconnection.
Try it,it's lots of fun!!!