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Monday, March 23, 2009

Underpainting

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Three and a Half Boats Oil, 14" x 11"
This painting is for sale.
I was really intrigued by a post last week by Bill Guffey. I am a big fan of his site and love that I have found another palette knife painter. In his post he showed a few photos of his painting process. The thing that really caught my attention was his "underpainting". He started with a bright red canvas and I just love the way some of the red paint "peeks through". I am a big fan of Jennifer McChristian and I always wondered if she does the same thing as all of her paintings have a subtle orange hidden about her paintings.
So, I decided to try it. I had fun last night painting a whole bunch of canvases in green, orange, pink and gold. This is my first attempt and if you can't tell, the underpainting is a bright green. I am very happy with the painting and love the effect. Thanks Bill for your inspiration!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I linked to your blog through another art blog and wanted to say Wow. Love your work and will keep checking in to see your new postings. Your color & thick application of paint is wonderful. Just wondering, are you painting on canvas or board? Lydia

LSaeta said...

Lydia,
I paint on Raymar panels. I absolutely love them. Occasionally I might pull out a less expensive Dick Blick canvas panel but I rarely paint on canvas!

Christine's Arts said...

Leslie,
Wow, this is rich looking. I like the texture and reflections. Great!

rahina qh said...

yep definately works leslie. great work! r.

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Gorgeous! The green really works with this subject. A stunning painting!

I'm a fan of Bill's and Jennifer's too. They are very talented artists!

L.Holm said...

Wow! So happy to have found your blog. Your paintings are so rich, and glowing. Love the effect here with the green underpainting. I'm a new fan!

LSaeta said...

Christine,
Thank you so much. I was really happy with the painting when I was done ... which hasn't happened in the last few days so yippee!

LSaeta said...

Kim,
Thank you! The water actually looks greener in the photo than it actually is in the painting. But I am glad you like it!

LSaeta said...

Rahina,
Thanks my dear. Glad to see you here at my blog!

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL painting, Leslie! I love that green water - it works so well. Thank you for the link to Bill's blog - he's a great painter. And Jennifer is one of my favorites!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Leslie, This painting is just fabulous! A real head turner!

Karen Bruson said...

Leslie, Love your application of paint. I will now follow your blog. Let's trade links.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Certainly worked on this piece; beautiful painting how ever you did it.

Laurel Daniel said...

This is glorious... the color is so vibrant and your wonderful strokes are so pleasing. Can't wait to see the other colorful boards painted on - I have a feeling that each will follow suit.

r garriott said...

Leslie, Absolutely stunning! Outstanding reflections. I have a friend who paints water scenes in Maine and always starts with a red-toned canvas. It really can make a painting spark! Tom Pohlman uses orange tinted canvases.

I've heard one of the most effective ways to use a toned canvas is to pick an under-color that is the general complement color of your composition's color scheme (such as, red-orange under blue). I think you're really onto something!

Becky Brocato said...

This is a wonderful way to get unity in your painting! Well done!

Pam Holnback said...

This is a beautiful piece. You really captured the colors and reflections. I like to tone my "sunny day" landscapes in cad yellow deep. It makes it look like the sun is sparkling through.

LSaeta said...

Edward,
Any comment from you is a HUGE compliment! Thank you!

Janelle,
I love your work. Thanks for visiting my blog.

LSaeta said...

Karen,
I am so glad to have found your blog. I lve your work and I added your link here. Your apple paintings are fantastic! Love those blues and reds.
Laurel & R Garriott - thanks again guys. Thanks for the tip on the complement colro - I know artists have been "toning" their canvases for centuries ... I am just a mostly self taught artist who is a bit behind on some of these things!

LSaeta said...

Becky and Pam - Welcome to my blog. I appreciate your comments. I will try cad yellow deep too!

julie davis said...

Leslie,

Saw your comment on my blog this afternoon and had to check out your work. I'm thoroughly impressed that you can do so much with a palette knife! I love the reflections in your work and look forward to keeping up with you. I'm going to add your blog to my list as well...

Marian Fortunati said...

Did you know that Karin Jurick paints on a black underpainting???
(Sometimes it helps sometimes it doesn't.... I always like toning my canvas with colors.... especially landscapes.
I did a portrait once with a red toned canvas and found the red eye sockets staring out at me as I was working on it a bit disconcerting.

Dean Grey said...

Leslie, I LOVE this one!

Green is my favorite color so the fact that it was used as the underpainting is just an added bonus.

The reflections of the boats in the green water rule!

I clicked onto the larger scan of this painting and find the brushstrokes/knifestrokes to be so visually interesting. I could stare at this for hours.

Just great!

-Dean

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