I just returned from a refreshing and inspiring family vacation to Europe. We visited family in Germany, and managed to make lasting memories there as well as in Holland, Belgium, and France. I also hosted my first European art workshop in Duesseldorf, Germany. This is the city where my wife was born, attended University and my father-in-law worked his entire professional life. It was a very meaningful experience for us!
Our underpainting series with UART continues as we mass in bold marks using soft pastel over a complementary underpainting in Part Two of this video demonstration. You'll be excited to see the impact that placing red underneath the rice field full of greens and violets will create.
There is one final stage in this painting to go, so look forward to Part Three in my next blog post, as we refine the painting together. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, and then try your own painterly landscape using an exciting underpainting technique.
Our underpainting series with UART Premium Sanded Paper continues with the application of a complementary color wash in alcohol. This painting demonstration will develop over three short videos released throughout the month of May. In them, I'll guide you step-by-step through the process of achieving exciting color results in the landscape using a complementary color underpainting. I absolutely love this color strategy to add life to a green-heavy painting. I think you will too! Please leave a comment to let me know what you think, and come back next week to see Part Two of this demonstration!
I frequently receive questions from students and other aspiring artists regarding what underpainting techniques I use. It’s a great question, and I only wish it were a simple one to answer. An underpainting wash is a very exciting method when using sanded surfaces that can support aqueous materials. Be sure to use prepared surfaces like UART, Wallis, PastelMat, Canson Touch, or other primed surfaces which can withstand the use of washes. There are a variety of ways to under paint and achieve exciting results. Here are just a few:
- Watercolor Wash Using a small watercolor set and a flat or round watercolor brush, paint with watercolor materials on the blank sanded paper to achieve your desired effect. Then work over the wash with dry pastel.
- Alcohol Wash Use denatured alcohol or 90-percent isopropyl alcohol and a flat watercolor brush to wash over dry pastel pigment, which will dissolve and stain the color into the paper. This method dries very quickly and creates beautiful effects.
- Mineral Spirit Wash This works in much the same way as an alcohol wash but takes a little longer to dry.
To learn more about using underpainting techniques in pastel, and see me put them to work in step-by-step instructional paintings, look for my upcoming book, Mastering Pastel, available for purchase in the STORE this May.