Monday, January 11, 2010

Underneath It All

Most paintings I do consist of a sketch then the first step in painting is an underpainting. A sponge, paint and a lot of water. The paint gets watered down and becomes more like a stain, a wash. In Ambroise Vallant, the underpainting was the lightest part and looks like a sort of spray paint in the background. For this painting, the underpainting also serves double. It was like a mock sketch, planning out where values would go and how big the faces would be. Its a simple and short process. Just water and paint.

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