Painting with mud

Yes, I said mud! Here is an underpainting I started using the leftovers from the previous painting. It is made of all the primary colors on my palette mixed together and thinned with mineral spirits and a little medium.

Here is my initial pass scrubbing some of the darker shadows.

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Thinning it down some more I cover some of the background area.

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At this stage more of the canvas is covered and I am wiping away some of my lighter areas.

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The finished underpainting. The underpainting provides a framework and establishes the lights and the darks of the painting.

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Next step is to paint with color!

About Denis

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have always been inspired by the art of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix, John Constable and W.M. Turner. I consider myself a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else. Charles Baudelaire described Romanticism as "...situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling".
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