Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Underpainting and Glazing


"Kim" ..... oil on masonite ..... 24" x 36" ..... SOLD

Every now and then I like to try something just to see if I can do it. This image was underpainted in chromium oxide green-- I had this thought that green would make a nice undertone for the skin, and being the complement of red, be fun for the hair, too. (Wish I'd thought to take a photo of it in the green stage!)
All the other colors are multiple layers of transparent glaze.

14 comments:

  1. ooooo... I'll have to try that. that's for always being an inspiration R.!

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  2. Thanks, Sheila! I'm going to have to do it again one of these days... I was happy with how it turned out. Also when you do this kind of painting, all the 'hard' work is up front; the glazes are kind of fun and relaxing to do.

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  3. I like your blog. And especially your artwork. Thanks for visiting me.

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  4. It looks like the green underpainting is adding a depth and richness to her skin and hair. Was it exciting starting out with that color?

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  5. Hi Kim, Yes, it was fun to start with the green. It's kind of an earthy, muted green so that helped. I do think it made her skin and hair tones more vibrant than had it been painted it directly.

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  6. Love this painting and a great job on dsfdf painting also...bravo!

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  7. Ooh, I love that wild red hair. I agree the green really adds to the skin tones too. So stunning!

    I've also tried the verdaccio underpainting for portraits...and I love glazing too.

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  8. Thanks Miclelle! i didn't know the texhnique had a name; I'll ahve to look up verdaccio. I'm sure I'm doing it all wrong.

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  9. Hey R. I love your site. She looks fantastic! I've been thinking about doing an underpainting with glazes too. I'd like to see your green one. Think you may do it again soon? Great job on the wiggin' challenge too.

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  10. Thanks Christine!

    And double thanks to everyone who has put up with my terrible typing. Wish these comment boxes had spell check!

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  11. Works! I learned how to do underpaintings with complements for pastel paintings...just a glitter of red under a forest of green adds tons of interest!

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