|'Freedom' 11x14 pastel Karen Margulis|
painting available $165
|'Save the Bees' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|detail of painting. Notice the drips of the underpainting|
Here are a few tips for Oil Stain Underpaintings
- Use a limited palette of paint colors. You are less likely to mix muddy color with only a few colors. I use red, blue and yellow.
- Avoid using black or white paint. You want nice thin and transparent color. Adding white will make it opaque and chalky. Black can be dull.
- Make sure your paint is thinned with the OMS (I use Gamsol) I like for the paint to be the consistency of tea. If you can see your brushstrokes in the paint then it is too thick.
- If the paint is thin enough, the underpainting should dry in under an hour.
- Begin with the darkest paint. I like to mix red and blue for a nice dark purple.
- As the paint dries and the OMS evaporates, you will hopefully see interesting weblike drips occur.
- When the underpainting is dry, it is time to add pastel. I use a very light touch and build up my layers... very slowly. I will leave areas of the underpainting untouched if I like the way it is working.
|several underpaintings done at the same time|
I don't often do oil stain underpaintings because there is a bit of clean up involved. When I do, I often do serval underpaintings at once. Not only does this save clean up time....it is always good to practice underpainting techniques. The more you do....the better they will be.