Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day Two: A 2-Color Day

     With the under-painting finished, we move on. We’ll now start to build some form with our next layers.

     By working with only two colors, we will simplify the process.  (Remember, some of the Great Masters used only 2-4 colors to great effect and they would render a completed, finished work).  We will be using one puddle of Raw Umber and another of Burnt Sienna.  Some parts of the painting will lean more toward the Burnt Sienna side, while others toward the Raw Umber side.  The photo above shows my work at about halfway through the process.  I did most of this work wet-on-dry.  Take your time and slowly build these areas.

     This photo shows the completion of the first major layer.  The majority of the work was done with a mixture of 90% Burnt Sienna and 10% Raw Umber.  Notice how I’ve sculpted the form of muscle groups using this simple mixture.  The painting is starting to develop fast, now that we’ve added this layer.
     That’s it for today.  Just enjoy the process, and we’ll see you tomorrow.  

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  1. This is a wonderful lesson and I am learning a lot.
    Question - about how many washes (layers) of color do you paint on any given painting?
    Can't wait for tomorrow's lesson!

  2. Melissa,

    Glad you're enjoying the lesson! I wish I could say I was a traditionalist and did one or two washes, but I tend to overwork everything....sometimes 12, or 15 or 20 glazes. If you really want to study washes and glazes, order T.A. Daly's book (listed in the "My Favorites" section of this blog). He's a master of many washes.