I used an underpainting again which, as I see it, offers many benefits for the beginner.
- It starts your painting off right with correct proportions, shapes, and values.
- As a value study, the underpainting allows you to consider what you are going for compositionally before you start pouring on the paint. Better than just diving in and figuring out the plan as you go.
- Most important for me, I use the underpainting stage to closely observe how the light falls across the form; where to push the lights and darks and how to handle the halftones (value-wise). It forces me to take a long, hard look at my subject.
- If you have a bad start or have trouble with a section you can wipe the canvas back to the underpainting and try again. Easy.
On another topic, I'm passing along this article on Jacob Collins. Thought it was a good read. I stopped by the incomparable John Pence Gallery while in San Francisco a few weekends ago. Saw some of Collins' pieces there, which renewed my interest in his work.
Adam 2009, 12 x 9, oil on canvas board