Material World I
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I started on a toned paper (canson"s oil/acrylic
painting paper, with a coat of titanium oil primer mixed with a warm,
earth red oil paint) and then blocked in with a turpentine wash of
terra rosa. I tried to use area more than line, and to look for
negative spaces. The limited range of values (light and darks) made
me look for ways to add contrast.
Using titanium white mixed with yellow ochre and a very
small amount of terra rosa, I broadly stroke in the lighted areas.
As I use the thick paint on my brush and have small remaining amounts, I
stroke in smaller and lighter areas.
Here is a simple way to blend the oil paint, lightly
work your brush across the previous stroke but in the opposite
direction. Notice that if the original stroke went down, most of the
blending is going across. This is just a guideline, to soften an edge,
stroke the paint in the same direction as the original stroke.
Using cobalt blue mixed with a little cadmium red, I
make a dark brown-blue. I use this mixture as a dark
"outline," as shadow accent (the darkest part of the shadow), as
a corrective mark.
i block in the background. Now I can begin judging the
value contrast between the figure and the background. The red
drape is approximately a mid-value.
Adding design to the tapestry gives the composition a
richness and detail. I try to be careful not to let it overwhelm the
figure. The large dark background shape is broken up. I let
some of the direction of the brushstrokes describe the space. across
for the floor, vertical for the floor.
Material World -- Study I