Still life study of 3 onions #2

Color study over monochromatic underpainting Study topics Monochromatic underpainting in 3 values; pre-mixing colors on palette; slow and intentional brush strokes Process notes Used viridian and transparent earth red for underpainting, on a sheet of Fredrix sheet canvas. Blocked in subject with a small hog bristle brush, wiping out lightest values. Used synthetic bristle flats… Continue reading Still life study of 3 onions #2

Still life study of 3 onions

Used the 3-value underpainting to establish shapes and guide the color valuesStudy topics3-value plan; monochromatic wipe-out underpainting; pre-mixing colors on paletteProcess notesToned canvas with transparent earth red thinned with Gamsol, then drew in the shapes with the same paint using a synthetic round brush. Lifted out lights and added thicker areas of darks, leaving the… Continue reading Still life study of 3 onions

Still life study of red onion

Still life with diffused lightingStudy topics3-value plan; monochromatic block-in with greys; color block-in with large brushProcess notesSet up a red onion against a natural colored linen fabric, with diffused indirect lighting. After doing a sketch and establishing the value structure, blocked in the subject on the panel with deep, medium, and light Portland Greys.Color palette:… Continue reading Still life study of red onion

Still life study of red onions #2

Study topics Painting from life; 4-value plan; using synthetic bristle brushes on smooth panel Process notes Sketched 4-value plan of dark, dark middle, light middle, and light. Set up palette with 4 divisions and a small blob of grey at the top of each section to represent dark (dark grey), dark middle (Gamblin Portland Grey… Continue reading Still life study of red onions #2

Still life study of red onions

Study topicsPainting from life in order to see more colors than in a photo; finishing a study; lost edgesProcess notesMade a notan sketch, then blocked the subject in on a gesso-coated 6x8 piece of cardboard. Started by blocking in the shadow shapes, then the not-in-shadow shapes. Once it was blocked in, I refined the shapes… Continue reading Still life study of red onions