This Weeks Topic:
"Ask John..." Red Underpainting
Gerry from Sayward B.C. writes:
"I have tried underpainting quite a few times, and I find that I paint over the color completely as I go! How do you choose which "red" to leave and which to color over?
In regards to which underpainting should be left and which should be covered, there is no absolute or correct method. The one thing that I have noticed is that oils are able to pick up some of the underpainting and creates, in some cases, neutrals. I say this because I use relatively dark purples and reds behind my dark greens. e.g. a clump of evergreens. They are somewhat complimentary in the colour sequence hence they mix to make nice nuetrals and a great background for higher value and higher chroma greens.
As far as what to leave and what to cover, there are no real guidelines. It always comes down to: "If it looks right, it is right". Remember, in oils we are working from dark to light. In my video called "Transitions" you can see at least one example of how the deep red underpainting works with dark green trees.
I hope that this helps clarify a rather complex part of a painting.
Quote of the week:
"I want to touch the people with my art. I want them to say "He feels deeply, he feels tenderly"