1. Sally Veach
    March 17, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    I've been wondering what the purpose of an underpainting is. Can you tell us a little about that?


  2. Todd Bonita
    March 17, 2010 @ 3:29 am

    Yeah, a studio visit would be great actually, I have a curious nature so I may bore you to tears with questions…You are welcome to bop up to my Portsmouth studio as well. I'm at the Button factory artist building, there are about 70 artist in the building, it's a very inspiring place.
    Regarding your mention of the 4 day drying time for the underpainting…why does it take so long, do you prefer a longer drying period? Are you adding morel oil for the underpainting? I've been using raw umber from the tube with underpainting white and it dries in about a half day. I suppose there is an advantage of a longer drying time if you wish to go back into it. Regardless, your work sings.
    all the best,


  3. Lisa Faulkner Wright
    March 17, 2010 @ 4:27 am

    Thank-you so much for posting photos of your underpainting process. I'm learning how to do this and these examples are so helpful.


  4. Jeff Hayes
    March 17, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    Thanks all!

    Sally: I'll write more about that in the next in-progress post that involves underpainting

    Todd: no, there's no added oil in the underpainting. although it's in thin layers, there's also regular titanium/zinc white mixed in, which somewhat lengthens the drying time. I generally err on the side of caution with having a thoroughly dry underpainting, so I give it as much as a week. RE the studio visits, shoot me an email: j e f f (a t) j e f f h a y e s (d o t) c o m

    Lisa: You're very welcome


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