Eleanor McIntosh Art Blog
Most of my paintings are done using an underpainting in the style of the Old Dutch and Flemish Masters. The underpainting shows the light and the shadow - it is not a monochrome in the usual sense of the word. It is more of a value statement. This is a picture of the finished underpainting of the third painting in my Gallery #1, titled Getting Educated. It is a very interesting process and, if done correctly, adding the color is the easiest part of the painting. There are three stages when you do a painting this way - the underpainting, which should take the longest because it must be correct, the color stage and the adjustment stage - highlights, grounding marks, etc. The last two stages, while they do take time, are relatively easy if your underpainting is correct. The third stage I call the fun stage because that is where things come to life. The result of using an underpainting, if done correctly, is a luminosity which can__™t be achieved with direct painting.