Thought I would show the studio this morning and talk a bit about the painting process. Currently on this painting I am creating the first stages of the "underpainting". I am working with 3 tones, 3 colors at this point. Yellow oxide, blue oxide and white. I am using venetian medium to thin the colors.
The first step is to create the forms....I will do this with either oil pencil or a thin wash of paint. Then I use the yellow oxide to lay in the forms....using a rag to wipe out the highlights. The next step is the darks to establish light direction and volume.
Finally at this stage I will recreate the highlights using white without the medium. As you can see from this image the areas to the right have not been touched at all. I try to do all these stages complete before moving onto the next stage to keep things more organized.
Once I get this done the next stage is to lay in thin glazes of color meant to unify the central areas as well as create a sense of space.