Monday, May 2, 2011

Underpainting - Alice

"In art, an underpainting is an initial layer of paint applied to a ground, which serves as a base for subsequent layers of paint."

Underpainting is usually monochromatic, used to plan the light and dark. I, however use a full palette to build my foundation. Mixed media starts in my underpainting - paint and paper - color and texture - yum yum! I made a paper weaving using velvet ribbon and paper and glued it to the right side of the rabbit, you can see that little square. Even though I love the weaving, I decided it was too much to use it on the whole background.

I want this painting to have mostly warm colors. So I might use some cool colors or opposite colors in the underpainting. This will help the final painting to pop. So far all I've applied is collage paper. I can't stay away from the glue!


  1. Beautiful poem, beautiful illustration!

  2. Looking forward to seeing these finished!

  3. A very delightful image and words- happy and spring-like-- your ideas about underpainting are very interesting.


Angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o'er the plains And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains