Reference photo and thumbnail for “September Aspens”. I always like my under paintings, but then tend to lose them in the process. 3 In the Underpainting panel, choose a preset from the Color Scheme list box. Powered by. Thanks! Notice on the thumbnail sketch how I’ve placed center marks and tick marks along the border so that I could deliberately vary the sizes of my shapes for an ideal assortment of shape sizes. It would seem white works best? . Thanks, Judy! And yes, reading info over and over at different times creates opportunity to receive and absorb the material in different ways. However, if I back up (or snap a quick photo and view it shrunk down in a thumbnail size) the shapes are still very clearly defined. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Glad it was helpful. Ooooo yes Ruth! In some cases, I may allow a shape to gradually fade from dark to light (if that’s how my subject appears when I squint), but otherwise each shape is a solid, flat shape at this stage. To create an underpainting: 1 Open the image that you want to auto-paint. Little by little, I continue to define each area. . I truly appreciate all that she shared and you, as well, for posting. You decide to do an underpainting of some kind....dry, wet...it doesn't really matter. I agree Anna, about Barbara’s work, and was so happy she accepted the invitation to share her process with us. There are many directions to take when it comes to choosing underpainting colors and all will give you different results. Very exciting, it just makes you want to get down to some painting straight away! The next step is to choose the colors you will use for the underpainting. So well written as usual Barbara! Thank you Lana for your appreciative thanks yous!! I learned so much. I tend to be a very impatient painter so I really enjoyed seeing Barbara’s process as well as being introduced to her beautiful work. I generalize the value for each particular shape, ignoring the many value shifts within the shape, going with the prevailing value I see when I squint. But i think the emphasis on very general shapes without hard edges will be really helpful for me. This allows me to merely coax the alcohol in the direction I wish it to move, rather than using tight strokes on the flat side of the brush, which will create rigid edges rather than the loose, drippy edges I’m after. You know how I loooove thumbnails so I was vibrating with happiness when I saw the emphasis Barbara puts on them . And I’ll be curious about your switch to sanded paper and how it goes. Yay Terri! There is so much to “take away” from her explanation I will have to read it again and again. As a proponent of thumbnails, it fills my heart to hear you say you will be doing them from now on!! Thank you! Thanks to both of you. Defining form comes in the later stages. These few colors are all I need to lay in an edited assortment of shapes, values, and temperatures. . I’m paying close attention to shape variety as I address the smaller shapes within this large shape. In other words, I allow for a long, gradual transition from one shape to the other, so that, up close, it’s not readily apparent where one shape ends and the adjoining shape begins. Thank you Gail for inviting Barbara. Yes, understanding the thumbnail thought process is a biggie! Thank you for bringing it to us. Available Paintings by … Thanks, Judi! I was so happy to have Barbara and her beautiful work on the blog. A little planning at the start goes a long way! Glad you enjoyed it Jan! I was born and raised in NJ also. I’ve been a fan of Barbara’s work since I first discovered her some years back….and her generous descriptions of her process is truly inspiring. Thank you Barbara for being so generous and providing so much excellent info. "Art is not what you see. You got that right Wendy! You are also one of my most favorite instructors and I eagerly await each of your blogs. And, yes, I use alcohol to wet it down. I really appreciate your comment about my mark making, as that’s something I focus on quite a bit in my work…to go beyond just a realistic recording of the image. I will print out this lesson for the many good tips here! Thanks Gail for featuring Barbara on your blog. Thanks, Susan! Just saw your additional comment, MaryAnn…Glad to hear from another Jersey-girl! The more underpaintings you do and the more you try different color approaches the easier it will be to make intuitive color choices. If you do choose to underpaint in a contrasting color, value and hue are your own choice. Thanks for the feedback on your explorations with underpaintings, Nancy! I also make sure to load plenty of the alcohol onto the brush to encourage drips, allowing one shape to drip right into an adjoining shape, which loosens the edges even more. I was born and raised in central NJ until ’92. Yes, a well-planned start can make for a more successful finish for sure! I am working with oil at the moment, but found the discussion of soft edges and varying colour temperature addressed some of my current issues with colour vs value. The only way you will know what   those results will be is to have experience with them. AND starting loose . I love her work – so painterly! I painted a version of this image on location (in oil), where I initially established the basic composition that I used for the studio pastel version. The specific colors I choose for the underpainting are based mostly on value and temperature, but also sometimes on setting up a dramatic contrast with colors that will later be placed on top. Hi Kumar, thanks so much for your appreciation. Wow!!! Thanks, Marie! The pastel medium is especially ideal for creating such a loose, edited block-in approach for a painting. Thanks, Wendy! Her marks are strategic – such a nice balance between impressionism and realism. But I then switched to white paper–much better. I can’t say enough about how fabulous these lessons are and your critiques are so right on. Love the under painting!! For any studio painting, I always begin with a thumbnail sketch. I was delighted of course to see Barbara’s emphasis on thumbnails as I believe, as she does, that the effort put into creating thumbnails is absolutely worth it!!