Wednesday, May 7, 2014

“White and Yellow Roses” — in-progress painting by Paul Baldassini

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot

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Here is the third in-progress stage and the completed underpainting of a new work entitiled "White and Yellow Roses."  I really like the Raw Umber (Old Holland) underpainting instead of my usual Quinacridone Magenta.  It should provide a perfect underpainting for the direct full-palette painting, which will be whites and soft yellows with their accompanying shadows.  The contrasting darkest values will be the deep greens surrounding the flowers which should really them stand out.

I can't overstate the importance of a well executed underpainting. Not only does it solidify the overall concept and design, but it serves as a "road map" of values on which all of the color mixtures can be keyed to.  In addition, the shadows especially benefit from a glaze using more medium (I use Old Masters Maroger Flemish Medium) and less paint so that the underpaimting shows through somewhat adding richness and depth.  This provides luminosity and contrast to the more heavily painting halftones and even heavier painted lights and highlights.

Paul Baldassini

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