Monday, October 1, 2012

Underpainting in my Monday class.

Been Down This Road Before, pastel, 9x12
In my Monday morning class today, I introduced liquid underpainting to some new students in the class. For my liquid underpaintings, I use alcohol over an initial light layer of pastel, which is how I got this painting started.

I used a mostly monochromatic underpainting to set the value structure, using a dark blue Nupastel to block in most of it and a very dark reddish-purple soft pastel to intensify only the darkest areas. Straying a bit from the monochromatic structure, I also added just a touch of a yellow-orange with a Nupastel to the lightest areas (the sky and road). Even for my monochromatic starts, lately I've been including a warm color to underlay my light areas when the ultimate color used in that area will be on the cool side...I find that this keeps the color from have a whitish, chalky look.

Sorry I don't have photos of the initial block in on this one.


  1. Barbara, thank you so much for the excellent way you explain your process. It is such a help to me as I don't live close enough to have access to many workshops. Your descriptions are very thought out, and your work is so very beautiful.

  2. Your work just blows me away. So beautiful!! Gives me chill bumps your strokes and colors are so wonderful!

  3. Thanks so much for the kind feedback. I enjoy sharing my process and am glad it's helpful!