Sunday, January 10, 2010

Landscape Painting in Progress part 3 Brushwork, Mood & Tone

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AutumnLeaves said...

Another great video, Jan. I love the tip for getting the natural tree trunks too. I shall have to try that with my watercolors. Now that all said, I have a couple of questions...Why do so many artists do "underpaintings?" What is their purpose? Couldn't you just go right in and paint what you want directly? (Product of watching Bob Ross for years, I admit.) I had another question, but I forgot it! Sigh...when I remember, I will ask indeed! I am so enjoying these little videos you are doing. I also love when your words echo my school books. Makes me feel I am on the right page and hopefully reinforces the lessons. Thank you!

Jan Blencowe said...

For may years I didn't use an underpainting and sometimes I still don't. But here are to benefits to using an underpainting:

1.) It provides a unifying color throughout your painting.

2.) It allows you to work through the composition and make changes before you are committed to color and bruushwork, so you can rough in many possibilities before settling on a design.

3.)And most importantly it allows you to work out the major componant of value structure seperately in monotone before you have to deal with color choices. Thus allowing you to work out a strong design and atmospheric perspective free from the distractions of color. Once your under painitng is correct you have a road maop or blue print for how to proceed. When you start painting with your colors you already know how dark or light they must be and can concentrate on color harmony and temperature.