I have decided to put myself through a course of painting in the basics, as a refresher. In this part, I first did a value painting by:
1.(using burnt umber for the darks
-rubbing out my light areas;
– I then went over it all again to darken the darkest areas, and added a touch of white for the lightest areas.
I then painted the local color over it once the under-painting dried. I call it “pumpkin soup” because it is a small pumpkin, a box of bone broth, and garlic salt. I can’t wait until next week, when I get to paint a person (me)!
I did this on a canvas pad, the final is 16″X12″. The underpainting took two hours; the color study took 3 hours to complete.
I have been reading some books on painting, and have decided to put myself through a full course of lessons. On this blog, I will share what I am doing, and learning, because I want to improve (and this type of “back to the beginning” will hopefully have that effect).
The first lesson involves working with a very limited palette (black, white, yellow ochre), and focusing on capturing values in a still life, based on common objects around the house. I took a kitchen cooking pot, a bowl, a brown egg and a spoon. Below is the result:
I have decided to try plein aire painting. Below is a study of a small bridge that I completed onsite in 3 hours. I realize that working onsite means working faster than in the studio, and I wanted the spontaneity and sense of light that comes from this approach.