Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20th “ Underpainting”


“Underpainting is a term used when the first stages of a painting is done in a monochromatic way. In other words, it can look like a black and white photo. In actual painting the subject matter of the whole canvas is done most commonly in a combination of whites, and greens and burnt umber mixed together or used individually or separately with white. Mixing these together in differing amounts and painting them in a manner where the actual color combination used is the values of the painting. Set up in a scale they can range generally from five basic value colors to seven usually from lightest to darkest values. This method of painting creates totally unique results and sets up the painting for an application method called glazing. A series of glazes or thin transparent layers of paint are then applied to bring out the color of the painting. While the methodology takes skill and patience many traps from not dry layers completely, to muddy overlays, to rubbing out a previous layer if one is trying to correct a misapplication may cause significant frustration as well as failure.

Life is full of underpainting. What did you strive for when growing up? How were you influenced? What school or career did you really prepare for or did you even prepare for it at all? How were you influenced by those around you during your formative years? Why did you marry the person you married or why did you choose not to be married? How were you training to be married? What ethic background did you come from that influenced your understanding? Whose advice did you follow and why? What circumstance changed you? What choices did you make? How did you influence or how are you influencing your children? How do you influence others? What are you striving for? What security do you believe in? What have you forsaken to get where you are? What does it matter? What is your life worth? What beliefs have you forsaken? Do you believe in an afterlife?

Underpaintings in one’s life and the choices one makes can mean everything as The Bible says, “it is appointed once for man to die and then judgment”!

"You stand up, you talk, and influence people every day
You are so worried about what they see and what they say
You really care about only those few who mean something to you
All your actions and deeds speak volumes about self importance too
So when you stand face to face and He asks you what will you say
He knows what’s really inside your heart and how you made your way!"

“Painter paint in a variety of styles, methods and mediums, but they are all chosen. What are you choosing for now and eternity? Have a great week!!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"
Douglas Auld
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