|'Nothing But Blue Skies' 16x20 oil purchase here $320|
With pastel I have many approaches to starting a painting depending on the subject. I may choose to tone my paper or do a wet or dry underpainting. I might do a tonal underpainting. I never do a detailed involved drawing preferring to loosely block in the big shapes. I am sure there must be many approaches to starting an oil as well. Since I am new to the medium I figure I will stick to what I am familiar with.
|Underpainting with thinned oil paint|
|Building up the darks with slightly thicker paint|
Next I used slightly thicker paint to build upon the underpainting. At this stage I put in the darkest areas...some darks in the grasses and dark greens in the flowers. I decided to let this dry a bit so I left it until the next day.
I didn't get any photos of the rest of the painting process but I put in the sky and clouds next and then just gradually built up the painting using thicker and thicker paint. I used a palette knife at the end to get the impasto look to the flower heads. I am enjoying this approach in oils because it is so similar to the way I most often do a pastel. It feels comfortable and familiar. I am planning on doing a more detailed step by step demo soon so stay tuned!