I started a brand new painting of a friend of mine with her three dogs on her property. It’s a very foggy scene and she’s out with her dogs. I had been trying to figure out how to approach this piece. and paint the foggy landscape for a while now. I’ve never done this before, this is new territory for me, so it’s going to be quite the learning curve. I’ve never painted a foggy landscape, let alone a huge one.
I primed my panel with a lead primer and then painted a yellowish fleshy imprimatura. White with yellow ocher, a dash of light red and a dash of raw umber to make a fleshy color around value 5, (10 being black and 1 being white)
I don’t usually draw my image straight onto my panel, but I did this time, lightly with charcoal and then drew over it with raw umber. I’ll work from my sketch and from a few reference images and then have Ann pose for me. I’m fortunate to have a similar scene right out my studio window, so I can continually refer to the real thing. It’s often foggy, so when it is, it’s a bonus because I can study it and paint it.
Once I solidified my drawing with Raw umber, I begin my underpainting. I’m laying on paint to accommodate the next layer. So if the tree in the foreground has some warmth under the bark, I’ll paint the tree a reddish brown color and then when it’s dry, I’ll paint the bark over that with greys allowing the warmth of the reddish brown color to show through in some places.
Once I have Ann in the foreground with her dogs, painted the tree a reddish brown color, I then begin to paint in the background. I mixed a warm light grey for the sky with Lead white and Titanium white mixed as I wish for a semi-opaque coverage and a mix of burnt sienna and a touch of ultramarine blue to make a warmish light. Basically I tinted my white with just enough color that it’s barely noticeable. Once dry, I then scrubbed in a muted green made with Ivory black and Yellow ocher for the trees in the middle distance. For the far distance trees and bushes, I decided to go with greys made with Raw Umber and Lead white/Titanium white. Once that is dry I’ll stipple in some very muted color for the texture of the trees.
I purchase all my pigments and supplies from a local Canadian company, Kama Pigments and Mull my own paint.
The colors I’ll be using for this painting are as follows:
Lead white, Titanium white, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Cadmium yellow light, Light Red, Burnt Sienna, Transparent red oxide, Cadmium Red Light, Raw Umber, Ultramarine blue and Ivory Black.
Okay, so here goes…. Do check back as I’ll be updating regularly with new progress pics.