I've been continuing with my Santa Fe Windows and Doors Series. This is number five.
Sunshine and Shadow
16" x 20"
Soft Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord
I have two photos early in the process, but I quickly became engrossed in the work. I completely forgot to take more pictures! I learned a method of underpainting from Maggie Price that seems to work well for my series. It forces me to study light, shadow and value very carefully at the outset. I begin with three values (light, medium and dark) of yellow and three values of blue. The yellows are used for the sunlight areas, and the blues for the shadow areas. After this is done, I paint over each section with odorless turpentine, using a bristle brush. Water or alcohol can be used, but only turpentine actually melts the color into the substrate (surface).
Once the turpentine is dry, I can begin working the painting. The underpainting provides a solid base of light and shadow that guides me through the rest of the work.
I can't think of a place I'd rather be except on location gathering more material for my work.
My studio assistant, Sam, does not share my enthusiasm. He tells me it's time for lunch. It so hard to find good help these days. Sigh.
Thanks for joining me! I truly value your visits and your comments.
Until next time,