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PostSubject: Some of my completed paintings   Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:39 am

These are a few of my completed paintings.

Bedouin Boy - Credit for the reference photo Steve Evans



India Man - Credit for the reference photo Steve Evans



Elephant



Pitcher and Apple



Gigi



Israel Nagev Bedouins - Credit for reference photo Steve Evans



Ladakh India Woman - Credit for reference photo Steve Evans



Ladakh India Girl - Credit for treference photo Steve Evans


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PostSubject: Bedoin boy   Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:42 pm

I say on Flickr where you had an underpainting. can you explain how you did that? Did you use any glazing?
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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:14 pm

I've only recently started doing the underpainting for the last 2 paintings and I think the better of the two is the India Man. The underpainting was done in 8 Values. The first value was a mixture of Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue which will give a near black. The second value was Raw Umber. The third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh value was Raw Umber with more and more titanium white added to each step. The eighth value was white. I used Lukas Berlin Quick Drying medium for the underpainting. For the color stage I didn't glaze and just used the underpainting as a guide for this step. The medium that I used for the color stage was 1/2 water and 1/2 linseed oil. (note this combination as a medium doesn't work well with every brand of WSOs) I use Holbein Duo Aqua brand. The painting was only 8X10 so I was able to finish each stage in one sitting. Let me know if you have any further questions. Smile

Here's the underpainting for that painting:


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PostSubject: Underpainting   Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:23 pm

I think that is great. I have been using acrylics for underpainting and keeping my fingers crossed that it is ok - just light amounts of acrylic.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:57 pm

Thank you Dale! I've used acrylics to tone my canvas under WSOs and never had a problem. I think it works great and plan on doing some underpaintings in acrylics as well. I think if the acrylics are thined enough it works fine.

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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:40 pm

If you have ever watched Jerry Yarnell, he recommends a very, very thin coat of WMO linseed oil or walnut oil over the acrylic to act as a binder and to make the paint flow more smoothly. He cautions to be sure to not have any puddling of the oil and actually gives it a light wipe with a cloth to keep the oil smooth and to a minimum.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:07 am

Thank you for the tip Judy! I'll try it when I do an underpainting in acrylics. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:26 am

Gigi and Elephant are my faves. Nice work Janet. Smile I'm switching to a warmer underpainting for landscapes - maybe burnt sienna. I kind of like raw umber for flesh though.

Yeah the acrylic works as long as you keep it thin.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:36 am

Nice to see all your paintings, Janet. Very well done. I really liked seeing the underpainting for India man. I think if I'd got such good expression as that on an underpainting I'd have been afraid to paint over it.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:39 am

Thank you Tommy and Sofie!

Tommy, I've used Burnt Sienna for acrylics just toning the canvas and it does work well. One other thing I do on occasion is mix acrylics with gesso and add water to tone my canvas. Smile

Sofie, I did find it difficult to paint over it and found the underpainting much more expressive then the final painting. I'm actually starting to rethink the underpainting idea for me because I loose that expressive side. Maybe just toning the canvas would be better for the way I paint or just keep practicing the alla prima on studies. I'll have a lot of flops because its a difficult way to paint but at least I'll be painting in the way that feels natural to me. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:47 pm

Janet,
you put so much work and expression into the under painting, I wonder if glazing wouldn't have been the answer. I've only done the two paintings using glazing: the apple that Callie demonstrated using glazing and the cactus halo one and it worked really well.

It was like all the work went into the under painting and the glazing was just the icing (clear) on the cake.

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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:59 pm

I agree with Judy. I would love to see another image done with glazing.
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PostSubject: Re: Some of my completed paintings   Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:57 pm

I'm not really sure glazing is my thing I just don't have the patience for it. I did glazing on two paintings so far the second one in my signature line and one other and really didn't enjoy it. I don't think that glazing would have helped as far as keeping the expressive feel of the underpainting. I find glazing actually makes my paintings look stiffer. I'm not sure which way I'll go with my next one. Smile

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