Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Evolution of a Practice Painting

If you have been following this blog, you know I've been working on an oil painting for the past couple of weeks. Since oil is an unfamiliar medium for me (I am used to pen, pencil, watercolor, guache... illustrator mediums) I am going slowly.

I've begun a second canvas I call my Practice Painting, where I am simply practicing a grisaille (grey tones) technique while paint on my main canvas dries. In some ways, I like the practice canvas better than the main one. Sometimes it is difficult to follow someone's progression when you see it in bits and pieces, so I thought it might interest you for me to bring it all together in one post. Here is what I've done on the Practice Painting:

I began by using tones of sepia to sketch out various leaves on a light blue canvas.

I then added some blossoms in neutral grays.

Then I experimented with using burnt sienna as my neutral but I didn't like it as much as plain gray.

Now I've begun to practice different flower shapes and play with shading.

Here is the evolution of the practice painting so far:

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