Saturday, June 14, 2008


I am going to be painting a large piece, loosely based on a work by one of my favorite artists, Joaquin Sorolla.  I have a tiny reference photograph of the painting, so I will be doing my own interpretation of two women in white strolling on a windy beach.  The underpainting was done with gesso mixed with phthalo green and burnt sienna acrylics.  Using  a lot of gesso with just a little pigment means that the surface will accept oil paint readily.  Acrylic paint alone does not make an archival underpainting for oils.  I chose to use this method rather than using oils because I thought the support could use more gesso and I would be accomplishing the underpainting at the same time!

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