Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fun in the Studio....!

At last! Here I am with some studio time... I've done dishes and washing and housework-YUK (the rest can wait now!)

Still Life SetUp in Studio
I’m going to paint 2 still life’s in a similar style to “Succulent in Terracotta”- (See pic in the bar at right.) Linda at Edelweiss Gallery has asked me to do a couple and given me some rough guidelines as to what her customer wants. I found a couple of old paintings which I've gessoed over. Some of the textural paint of the original paintings showed through so I used modelling compound to add an even more textured base. It dries a milky white colour so I overpainted that layer with a mix of 2 reds which I'm keen to try out as underpainting!

I’ve been inspired by the work of Katie Trinkle Legge who’s work I saw recently in the Monmo Gallery just north of Auckland NZ. Hers are oils and I noticed taht she used red underpainting. Her sense of colour and light is just fantastic. I would happily hang these in my home!! Wish I could paint like that!

Here are some shots of the progress of the first one!
Textured Red UnderPainting. Basic shapes marked out with pastel pencil and initial blocking out of areas.
Adding a bit of shading.
Adding some base colour
I'm going to use mostly glazes to change colours/shading and then add some finer detail last. Fingers crossed this works out!

3 comments:

Karen Turner said...

Wow, what a result. I've never come across red underpainting before, and I can see how effective it is. Thanks for sharing.

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

Hey Sandi,
I've never seen this technique before either. I don't think that I could paint like this. But it's looking like a great start, and I'm excited to see you painting and to see how it turns out for you.
Hugs
C.

Marie said...

What fun! I enjoy painting but, have not touched my brushes in over a year. You know how it is with working moms...we have to pick and choose. lol!
Lovely inspiration...thank you<3

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