Saturday, August 23, 2008
The underpainting wash for my new piece is finished and I'm now ready to get going on the rest. I took this photo just before finishing it off. For me doing an underpainting is a warm up exercise, it gets rid of the white canvas and allows me to really be free with the brushstrokes and familiarize myself more with the composition. I also like to leave a little bit of the background exposed in the final painting, how much depends on the concept and composition. Its especially important for me take advantage of the bright undertones in the more monochromatic palettes, which is the case with this painting.
Below is a sample of two of my works where the underpainting is prominently exposed.