Monday, October 3, 2011

Artist mumbo jumbo!

"Charleston Rooftop (Temporary title)," Oil on 1/2 prepared maple panel, 24 x 36 

As I said in the last post, I was itchy to get back top work on  this painting! Well the itch is temporaily satisfied with the under drawing complted and even with the painting being toned but it's not completly gone! I can't wait to get some color on this, the reference for this piece has some beutiful colors that just raidaiate!

Above is the toned under drawing, just a thin layer of  burnt sienna diluted with mineral spirits, brushed on to the prepared 1/2 maple  panel. I let the paint sit on the surface for about 15 minutes and then I start to pick out the highlights. To tell you the truth the only reason I do this is to get rid of the white of the gesso so that I can more acurately mix and paint my colors and it also gives it a more unifed feel. I know thats a bit of artists mumbo jumbo but it works for me!

Below is the finish under drawing before I lay in the thin coat of burnt sienna.


tess stieben said...

Mubo jumbo? more like common sense. I under paint my canvas either a warm ochre or a cool blues before hand. It makes a huge difference to the outcome of the painting, so much so that a viewer picked up on the difference in the pieces when hung together. Then I draw out my composition in paint over the under painting.
Love your work, hugs!

Robert L Caldwell, Artist said...

Yes it is common sense but "mumbo jumbo" sounds cooler! I am awed by those painters who can just start painting on a blank canvas.

Thanks for the comment Tess!