Black and White

Ok, here is the black and white under painting.  The reason that I painted that Burnt Sienna wash was so that I could get a true idea of the values in the black and white layer.  If I left the canvas white, the white that I painted on would not seem as white.   So this Burnt Sienna layer is to help keep the values in perspective.  The black and white layer (as well as the Burnt Sienna) is done in acrylic paint.  This is a real time saver as Acrylic paint dries in a matter of minutes.  However, I love how luminous oil paints are so after the black and white layer, I switch to Alkyds (a fast-drying oil paint).

Black and White Layer


About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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4 Responses to Black and White

  1. mumsy says:

    my Meli, it still amazes me how all these steps are necessary, but the results are the proof of the pudding (an old fashioned term that is older than I am so I don’t know what it means! Oh well) paint on dear daughty.

  2. Connie says:

    So exciting to watch the step-by-step, Melody. I hope you’re having fun with the Rae boys.

    • Melody says:

      I am having a blast! I’ve got beginning-phase nerves as always, but that’s what keeps me working. I think, there is no way I can leave my painting looking like this!

  3. Carolyn says:

    Melody,Once again I enjoy your painting step by step instructions. I feel as though I could attempt a portrait?These boys are so near and dear to my heart, so it is especially fun to see you capture them perfectly!

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