Friday, August 12, 2011

Part 2 of a 2 stage painting

This is part two of my experiment with Gamblin underpainting paint (Fastmatte). I simply painted colors over yesterday's effort. I so seldom do a very finished underpainting, but I could certainly see why some artists want to. It's clear that the values are "set" strongly in the preliminary work. I'm not sure this type of thing fits my painting personality, however.  I've been a "direct" painter from the start (meaning, I paint "all at once"). We'll see, because I will try this again in the future!

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Villa, oil on 10x10 stretched canvas


Jenny Schouten Short said...

It is beautiful. I'd give it some thought. You've got more depth and great colors.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Celeste,
I don't care what your painting style is, this really reminds me of the Italy we knew and I applaud your effort.
I don't know if you know this, but immediately after I retired from the navy, we moved to Italy for a couple of years.
I wanted to get as far away as possible from everything I'd known for the past twenty years and Italy seemed like a reasonable choice.
Well...okay, it was a dream come true, but it also accomplished my goal of starting fresh.
I'll stop boring you with our past, but rest assured, this is a wonderful painting.

-Don said...

I can really dig experimenting... especially when the results are so fine. You consistently ROCK!


Cynthia Schelzig said...

Gorgeous light and definitely looks like Tuscany....where I will be in a few weeks too.

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow! I thought yesterday's piece was the finished version but you've definitely taken it a step further and it is stunning, Celeste. Still and yet, I really love yesterday's palette...(<;)

Candace X. Moore said...

Hey, Celeste. Beautiful image. I was pulled in by that nice rich warm-cool contrast of the light against the shadows. Awesome effect.

I just started using FastMatte, too. Only have a few colors, but I'm thinking you could get something similar by adding liquin to any favorite underpainting color. Great blog content. More, please.

Virginia Floyd said...

Really beautiful. I loved that you showed both stages. The underpainting had great values to build on. Adding the color brought a glow of sunlight to the painting is wonderful. It really looks like Italy.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I didn't think this could get much better--I was wrong. Don's right, you ROCK.

Casey Klahn said...

like you, I paint directly. If an underpainting happens, it is usually a surprise!

I flip from the underpainting of Villa to the more finished one, and there is a feeling of calm brought on by the latter one.

Carolyn Rondthaler said...

Love it, Celeste. This is something you do so well. It seems drenched in light.

Susan Roux said...

I really like what you're doing here, Celeste. You're achieving a very strong finish and colors that have more depth than usual. Hope you decide to stick to this method. It's really working for you.