Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color
Mitch Albala, Instructor
Dates April 21-22, 2018 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
Media: Suitable for oil or acrylic.
We invest a great deal of effort in finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges on a well thought out start. This workshop focuses on the critical first steps of a painting. An underpainting (or “block-in”) is a holistic method that works out issues of composition, value, and even preliminary color at the very start. This “smart start” can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. You’ll learn how the simplified value and shape structure developed in the block-in is the key to stronger compositions.
The workshop will cover two approaches for the block-in. On Saturday, we explore the traditional monochromatic block-in, which serves as a primer on values. On Sunday, we learn the technique for the color-block method: building the composition with color blocks based on a well-defined value study. You’ll have the chance to follow through and add successive layers to each of your starts.
We will work from photos. You may bring your own or select from the instructor’s collection. This workshop is suitable for oil or acrylic painters, but not watercolor or pastel.
Level: This is not a workshop for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color at all); however, it is ideally suited for those who want to learn more about making smarter starts in their landscape paintings.