Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Coleus - Oil underpainting



Coleus
Oil on masonite 18" x 10"

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You may remember the sketch for this from a previous post in July. My original intent was to do this in oil. So intead of watching Law & Order tonight I got the underpainting going on this piece. I first rubbed Viridian green into the board with a rag to season it, and then painted the sketch with Transparent Oxide Red.

But I do have to go to work tomorrow, so I'm going to call it a night. I'll get back to this shortly.

Later all.

10 comments:

Laura said...

Yippee, another Chuck-in-Progress! It is interesting to see that you're much looser in oils than in wcs. Me, too, I guess. It all depends on what you're used to doing, eh?

Sparky said...

I'm going to give you a break this time and not mention the incredible tension you must be feeling.

Chuck Rose said...

I can always count on you two, huh? You are so right Laura, I am much looser in oil. I guess it's because oil is so user-friendly. If I screw it up, I can just wipe it away or scrape it off. But once you put that water color on the paper, it's there for good.

And Wally, thanks for support man, it's really helping... :-)

Laura said...

Have we talked about painting on masonite before? I much prefer masonite or wood panels to canvas--you somehow feel that you're dealing with a more robust partner (or adversary?) when you're putting paint on a hard surface.

Chuck Rose said...

Actually, we haven't. I'm curious to hear whay think. (and anyone else out there)

When I use a pallet knife, I prefer to work on canvas,

Chuck Rose said...

oops... I hit the button too soon. Anyway... with a knife, I like the spring of the canvas because of the way it bends the blade. But with brushes,I prefer the resistence of the board.

Then again, I like the texture of the canvas! Aahhhhhhhhhh.......

Carolyn said...

I can't wait to see this one evolve. Especially since I know nothing about oil-painting or underpainting.

Goofy question: is masonite that 1/8 or 1/4" brown board sold in home centers (like where I work?) If it is I assume you paint on the smooth side... you say you "seasoned" the board in green? But the background looks white to me...???!!!
I'm not thinking about taking up oil painting just yet, but I am curious...

Linda said...

Chuck, I DO remember the coleus you did some time back -- it was fantastic. This should be interesting! Looks great so far. Do you prime and sand the masonite before you start?

Chuck Rose said...

Cool. I love technical questions....

Caroyln, yep it's that stuff you sell at your store. I use the thick 1/4" stuff. I try to have my sizes in mind when I buy it so they can cut one 8' x 4' sheet up for me right at the store. The edges are always squared up that way.

I used an electric palm sander on the smooth side. Then I apply about 6 coats of gesso, alternating brush direction and sanding in between each coat.



Linda, when I "season" a board, I look at the overall color harmony the painting will be done in (in this case green) and take a rag and rub a light coating of the color, with a lot of miniral sprits in it, on the board. It opens up the tooth of the board and get's it ready to accept the paint I use in the underpainting. In this case, Transparent Oxide Red.

The green is a very light coating, and is not visible in this photo that I posted.

Rubbing in the first color with the rag is probably as much a warm up for me as it is the board. :-)

Laura said...

OOps, I know you're supposed to prime the board that way (the six coats and sanding) but I'm so impatient, I don't. I'm really impressed that you do,though, and not the least bit surprised ;D I like the way the paint sits on the board surface as opposed to the way it becomes the surface on canvas. This probably makes no sense, but look at the hour. Can't wait to see more coleus!