I have begun my work on the piece for an MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) silent auction fundraiser. I haven't picked what I am going to paint but I did want to go ahead and do my underpainting to get my canvas ready.
Underpainting serves a couple of purposes for me. Mainly by painting the entire canvas a warm tone such as orange or red, it makes the colors I put on top of it warmer and more alive.
It also takes away the intimidation that a stark white canvas can give you.
It is very basic - I just put a little red and yellow on my canvas and mix it up and then paint the entire canvas. I try to go more red than yellow because I think my paintings turn out better.
I will let this dry through the weekend and start my painting on Sunday.
I already have a frame and everything! These plein air style frames can be purchased at Michael's or www.pictureframes.com. They are perfect for canvas boards.
Have a great weekend and I hope to have a good finished painting to show you on Monday! Fingers crossed!