Photo of Underpainting for "Patch of Light" - in Progress
8x10 Oil Alkyd on Masonite
This is another painting in progress. Took a photo of it because the scan is pretty bad as shown below.
Scan of "Patch of Light" -in Progress
8 x 10 Oil Alkyd on Masonite
For some reason, my scanner doesn't pick up purples well. Not good for this underpainting which is done in purples and yellow.
In this painting, I am experimenting with painting from a black and white film image which I took on a trip to Scotland in 1998 before I had a digital camera. I continue to want to figure out how to make paintings from black and white images. Now that I have the underpainting done, I have to figure out how I am going to add color.
This presents lots of exciting problems to solve: what kind of apple is it? A green one or a yellow one. Do I just focus on adding to color to the apple, or to the entire painting?
Also, I don't usually do underpaintings, but it could be a very good step to add to my process because I can solve my drawing problems at this stage. Plus I find it very enjoyable and relaxing to paint monochromatically, just using warm and cool versions of two colors, in this case, purples and yellows.