underpainting


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underpainting

(ˈʌndəˌpeɪntɪŋ)
n
(Art Terms) the first layer in a painting, indicating the design and main areas of light and shade

underpainting

The initial painting of a picture in one color to lay out the composition.
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Topics covered include thumbnail drawing, final sketch, color study, solvents and mediums, underpainting, glazing, varnishing, safety, cleaning brushes, wet-on-wet painting, and much more.
In Untitled (Night Scene), apparently a view through the bars of a window, white and fiery-orange underpainting fights through the dense black sky.
Between 1981 and 1993 she used the human body as the sole subject matter for her work, combining holography with techniques such as underpainting.
Tucker also mentions unique uses for this inspection method, including inspecting paintings in search of hidden documents or to study underpainting layers for museum curators and archivists, as well as analyzing damaged components during fire investigations to determine the cause of the fire.
They then turn their square fruit drawings over and begin to draw with their brushes, creating an underpainting as they paint the shapes they see and then mix the colors they see to mimic the fruit in front of them.
Palma il Giovane had talked of Titian's vigorous underpainting, the reds, blacks, and yellows, and of his predilection for using a palette knife.
I allowed the underpainting to show through, and it became part of the design, adding texture and richness.
Similarly, in the distance, to the left of the canoe slipping down the face of the rapids, appears the underpainting of a bateau that matches the image in his field sketch.
Beginning with the color itself, a premeditated action because he has hitherto worked with deep contrasts using a varied color palette, he decided to explore the possibilities of red, which he had hitherto used as the underpainting before applying gold leaf.
He focuses on figurative works - landscapes, urban views, flowers and portraiture, mainly in oil and pastel, although some of his paintings use an unusual self-developed technique of acrylic underpainting with pastel worked over the top.
The Impressionists had to eliminate underpainting so that the white of the canvas could help color to aspire to the brightness of the sky.
If the lighting is really extreme, if the colors are going to be bright and difficult, sometimes I'll do an underpainting or study to help me figure out the lighting.