Under – Painting Techniques

This lesson is for intermediate to advanced painters that are interested in expanding on their vocabulary of techniques! These under-painting ideas can add spontaneity and excitement to your work.

I walk you through four different under-paintings and give you some ideas for expanding on these.

This lesson is a bit different in that you’ll be copying my simple composition, then doing four pieces, using a different under-painting technique for each one. When you have completed the pieces, you can upload them to receive a personal video critique on your work. Remember that the more mileage you get, the more progress you make, so I recommend that you complete all four pieces before submitting your images.

Who it’s for – This lesson is for intermediate to advanced painters that are interested in expanding on their vocabulary of techniques! These under-painting ideas can add spontaneity and excitement to your work. I walk you through four different under-paintings and give you some ideas for expanding on these.

What’s it’s About – Exploration and spontaneity!

Set a Personal Focus –Build on the positive aspects of the piece a piece and let this guide you to unexpected territory! Don’t worry about whether or not you cover up the under-paintings.

Set a Time Limit – Don’t spend more than 30 minutes or so on each piece.

Materials

  1. Your Pastels
  2. A Least 4 Pieces of 12 x12 Sanded Pastel Paper (white or very light)
  3. Nupastel #305 (Blue Spruce)
  4. Pan Pastels (a few colors) I used Hansa Yellow and Ultramarine
  5. Pencil (I used Cretacolor Monolith HB)
  6. A small watercolor palette or tray
  7. Watercolor Paints:
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Rose Madder
    • Cadmium Red
    • Indigo
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Viridian
    • Raw Sienna

    (These colors are just suggestions. Feel free to add or subtract your own. Use what you have!)

  8. Water Container
  9. Paper towels
  10. Rubbing Alcohol
  11. Old Bristol Brushes (don’t use good ones on the sanded paper)
  12. Wide Black Sharpie

Extras:

  1. Yellow Ochre Gesso
  2. Spray Bottle
  3. Easel
  4. Baby wipes
  5. An apron

Demo

Before You Start, a Few Tips for This Lesson

  1. Stop the video whenever you need to – it’s one of the great things about learning this way. Plus, you don’t need to take notes!
  2. Don’t feel funny about copying my pieces! It’s a time-honored way to learn and I know you’ll develop your own “style” in due course. I give you lots of ways to take off on your own and expand on the demos/lessons.
  3. Take your time, but not really! I want you to speed up a bit so you can start to develop the “whole” piece all at once.
  4. Do it differently. If it feels uncomfortable, you’re likely on the right track.
  5. Remember the three “P’s” Perfection, Procrastination, Paralysis. There is no such thing as a perfect painting, so don’t even worry about it.
  6. If you have trouble, ask for help! My team and I want you to have a great experience doing the lessons!!
  7. There are 5 stages in each lesson. The beginning of each stage is a good time to pause the video, take a short break and check in on how you’re doing.

Personal Note: These variations have become a peaceful and comfortable place for me over time. When I am doing them, I am smiling inside and out. I feel just like a little girl when I’m painting one. I know they may not be that for you, but I hope that you might catch a little of that feeling and sprinkle it into your own version!

When You’ve Completed Both Part 1 & 2
When you’re done, click here to upload pics of your painting and I’ll send you a Personal Video Critique. I’m curious what you’ll come up with! The first critique request is a free bonus for you. If you’d like additional critiques, normally a Personal Video Critique is $97 but you can send a message my support team to get a discounted critiques package – I’ve already told them that since you are taking lessons from me, you get at least 40% off.

If you aren’t ready for a personal critique from me, then be sure to upload your work to our Community page where your peers can take a look. I often comment on the Community submissions as well – it won’t be a video critique but I really enjoy seeing your work and helping you when I can.

Under-Painting Techniques
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