Monday, February 07, 2011

Establishing Value in an oil painting.

Starting with a white canvas.One of the most important aspects of a painting is value and contrast.

Defining value in an oil painting is easier on a tinted canvas. The initial layer of paint can serve as a base for painting or just as a point to establish values later in the painting. Here I have uses a light wash of turpentine and burnt umber mixed with a little virdian

This will help serve as a base guide not as integral background element. The above background base will be used on a quick still life. I also use this method of toning a background when I Plien Air painting.

Sometimes at the end of the day when I have left over paint I will paint background under painting to be used later. when I do this I like to put on several coats of paint, let each layer dry then sanding between the layers. This then will be a very important part of that panting.

See what I paint on this. More tomorrow.

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