Week 1

Week 1 :

Friday, August 31

Landscape Painting beginning.

  • Please pay your $5 lab fee next week if you didn't today and make sure I mark you down as having paid. This fee will go toward things like photo reference we use for paintings.
  • Today we talked about underpainting. An underpainting can serve many purposes but generally speaking it is what it sounds like - a bottom layer of your painting that you will be painting on top of with subsequent layers of opaque and transparent paint. I've included a link below if you would like to read more about the various uses of underpainting.
  • I the underpainting technique that I demonstrated is not a very tradition approach, but I thought might feel more approachable for some of you who feel more comfortable with drawing than painting. For this technique I used chalk pastel to draw in my basic composition and then I used acrylic matte medium to essentially turn the pastel into paint and spread the color around to cover the canvas.
  • I suggested playing with some intense color in this underpainting. We will cover up most of this inital layer, but it can create some interesting results to have little bits of intense color showing through from the underpainting.
  • We will continue working on this painting next week, so don't forget to bring it with you to class!


Download a PDF of this image HERE.

This is the painting I did as a demonstration. We didn't talk much about painting the details like waves. If you would like to continue working on this painting feel free to bring it to class and I will help you with the details. I probably won't have time to finish this demo painting so here it is unfinished.