Thursday, October 22, 2009

palettes and tone


Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Cadmium Red (light)
Alizarin Crimson
Sap Green
Manganese Blue
Ivory Black
Titanium White

French Ultramarine is an excellent addition, as is Naples Yellow and Raw Umber.

I often put down washes of Raw Sienna to tone the canvas.
On top of a white ground, the Sienna creates a very warm glow.
With a few dabs of the color on the canvas, drizzle turpentine and brush the color all over the canvas - very loosely. The thinner the paint, the quicker it will dry.

After covering the canvas, take a cloth and drag it across the canvas, all in the same direction.
When complete, drag the cloth in the other direction. This will remove excess paint and create a uniform surface. All brush strokes should be eliminated.


p.s. The large canvas is still in the works. I had to stop and really consider supporting the structure before I stretch it.

So instead I stretched a 32"x48" - this one might be "Marla". I have a session with her tonight.