|'Summer Heat' 12 x 12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words so I will let the pictures do the talking today. For my daily painting I continued my underpainting experiment. I wanted to see the difference an underpainting makes to a finished painting. You can read part one of this post here
The difference is obvious and I'll let you look at the pictures and see what you prefer. Keep in mind that I used the same paper (Uart 500) and the same pastel palette. The only thing I changed was the underpainting. Today's painting has a watercolor underpainting and yesterday's painting has an oil stain underpainting.
My conclusion after the experiment ....something that never really occurred to me. The underpainting influenced my mood and attitude towards the painting. The underpainting affected my energy level. I never realized or noticed this response to an underpainting so this discovery is very intriguing. My attitude and energy surely had an effect on how I approached the painting! Here is what I discovered:
Oil Underpainting: I felt bold, confident and full of energy and excitement. I painted fast with a lot of energy.
Watercolor Underpainting: I felt calm, serene, quiet, gentle. I wanted to preserve the softness so I found myself painting quietly and even slowly.
|Inexpensive watercolors work fine|
|The finished watercolor underpainting|
|The same pastels were used for both paintings|
|This is the painting done with an oil stain underpainting|
Both underpaintings seen side by side. What is your opinion? Do you have a preference?