Last week I started my drawing for my still-life. This week I completed the drawing, transferred it on my panel, and worked on my open grisaille stage. For those of you who don't remember what that stage entails, the first layer of the painting is done using burnt umber and turpentine only. No white paint is used. The white of the paper is all you have for your lights. It's kind of like water color in that sense, but uglier. Since you can only use one color to show gradations and you don't want to the paint to drip, you have to really control the amount of turpentine and paint used. Translation: it's a pain in the ass. This makes for a very "sticky" paint that leaves the image looking patchy and streaky. Like I said, it's not pretty. This is my least favorite stage in the painting process.
Next week I get to use white, ultramarine blue, and burnt umber to do a closed grisaille painting, which is basically a black and white version on top of what I have now.
|The final drawing. The base of the little copper pitcher still looks |
off-balance. I'll fix that in the painting stage.
|My open grisaille stage is finished! The next step is closed grisaille |
where I will basically do a black and white painting. Adding white will
make painting this SO much easier.
|Just in case you forgot what the original still-life looks like.|