Wednesday, 23 February 2005

Can you tell what it is yet? ;-) - Acrylic Underpainting

Well it's snowing outside so I decided to transport myself back to summer. I started painting this gorgeous beach and within 10 minutes felt warm, happy and carefree.

This is an acrylic underpainting on Wallis Paper (it literally feel like very fine sandpaper but is archival - it's primarily for painting with pastels - you have to watch your nails and fingertips!). I'm going to use this as a base for my pastel painting.

You can get some lovely contrasts between the soft blends of the acrylic and the more broken colour of the pastels on top when you work this way. The sandpaper can hold many layers of pastel so a very rich surface can be built up.

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