Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Underpainting for oil painting class

I'm taking a 3 class oil painting class at the Providence Art Club as part of the still life series in which I will be teaching also. The instructor for this session is RI oil painter, Jane Puerini who primarily paints still life subjects. Yesterday, Jane had us begin with Indian Red alkyd paint thinned with Gamsol. We put a thin/medium tone layer of paint on the canvas and then began wiping out the light areas with a rag. Next we worked on the values and added in deeper values where needed. This is an interesting way to begin a painting and helpful to establish composition and as well as a value study before we begin laying on color. The alkyd paint helps it to dry quicker. Next Monday I will work on the next step.


Kathy said...

Looking good. I'll be watching.

Chantell Van Erbe said...


I would imagine that this grisaille technique will lend lots of tone and warmth to the finished piece. Can't wait to see the finished piece.