All the paintings so far for this year-long project have featured purely black backgrounds.
I love the drama and simplicity of paintings set against such a backdrop. At the same time, I felt like having a lighter painting this week. So, I decided to work against a beige background (introducing some dramatic spotlighting effect), and generally focus on lighter, warmer tones throughout.
I didn’t begin with a particular story in mind, and at no point while working did a true story about the painting develop in my mind. Rather than trying to force a narrative, I think this is just an uncomplicated painting about warmth and comfort. Exactly what a good cup of tea should deliver.
The Technical Side
“Warming Up” was done entirely from life (without use of photography). It is painted with oil on linen, which is mounted to a hardboard panel. The dimensions are 8×10 inches (20×25 cm). I worked with a straight-forward grisaille (black and white) underpainting. This was followed by a mixture of opaque paints and glazes on top of the underpainting.
This month I have some extra family-related obligations, so I haven’t had time to produce the blog posts I’ve been writing. Instead, I’d like to offer the following simple in-progress shots, showing the first steps of this painting.
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