Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How I Paint: Part II - Overpainting

Last post I showed you how I start a painting by underpainting.

Now I'm going to quickly show you how I finish out a painting. Thankfully, once the underpainting is finished most of the hard work is over.  I just follow the underpainting and put in the colors I want for the finished project.

First I take my underpainting from last time...

Then I start filling in the background.

I usually start with the middle tone of the color and while it's still wet I add in the shadows and highlights.

Next, I started filling in the vase and the tablecloth.  I didn't worry about covering up the flowers with the vase since I'll be painting those back in later.

Next up was putting the reflection detail into the vase.  I didn't worry too much about the top of the vase because again that would be covered up.

I put in a bit more shading and highlights on the table cloth and I roughly painted in some greenery for the flowers.

I painted back in the flowers that I had to cover up with the vase earlier.

The last thing I did was add a bit of yellow to the flowers and darken up the centers. 

And that is about it.  I know it is not too excitingly detailed but at least you get the idea of my process.

Also if you are noticing that the overpainting I just showed you doesn't exactly match the underpainting I showed you in the last post... well, first, good eye!  You are right.  I actually made three paintings that go together. 

I hope you found this helpful! Talk to you soon.

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