Demonstration: Painting a Landscape on Commission, Part 2

The Base Coat

The canvas is first sprayed lightly with water then I apply my alizarin wash, and allow it to dry. As you can see in this illustration, the wash is in broken strokes, not even tones. I'm trying to break the white of the canvas. It looks a bit messy at this stage, and will for awhile, but will make sense as I paint.


[TIP: While working on any painting in the studio as opposed to en plein air, try to use the same approximate lighting as the artwork will finally be viewed when installed. Also, take the painting into other light (outdoors, incandescent, florescent, etc. to see how the painting fares visually. It may not work perfectly everywhere, but you can sometimes site areas that need improvement you would not otherwise find.]

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