Last night I started a new oil painting. I had a request on another post to do a ballet painting...so I'm going to give it a try. I haven't forgot the deer in a field suggestion....so Paul if your out there in blog land...it's next on the list. My list actually keeps growing. That's a good thing though. I can always use help with ideas. My inspiration for this ballet painting is a snapshot of my precious niece Chloe! She is 3 years old and was recently in her first ballet recital. Yeaaaa... Chloe!
This first thing I did was sketch a basic contour drawing on my canvas.
After that I used burnt sienna mixed with white to start an under painting. By doing an under painting, also known as grisaille, I can focus on working out the values before I have to worry about adding the color. This technique will also give the final painting more depth. Grisaille is a term used for painting monochromatic, usually in shades of gray. Mine is done in shades of brown so technically it is called en brunaille.
I gradually added shading to help define the form and shape.
My paint is mixed with a lot of medium so that it goes on "light".
This also allows me to make corrections as I go.
As I'm painting I realize I need to correct the position of the fingers on Chloe's hand.
In the photo of Chloe she actually has her mouth opened.
I opted to change that for my painting.
It's looking better by the minute!
I still have work to do on the under painting...
...so I guess I need to get at it!
Once that is done I can start adding color and detail!
I hope you enjoyed this preview....stop back soon!