My husband and I were admiring a recent painting and how warm it felt. Which launched us into a discussion about my use of bright orange as a first coat on most paintings. I never went to art school and never knew that painting a color on the canvas before you start your painting was a thing > so if any of you self taught artists didn’t know – try it now!
This pirate ship painting was brought up in our discussion last night:
Because I used bright orange as the first layer it made that sail almost glow!
here’s another example:
A favorite portrait of mine back from when I was painting people’s selfies. The orange once again made all her skin tones warm and glowy.
I also like to put a first layer down because my brush flows so much nicer and holds onto more paint when it doesn’t just get absorbed into the canvas.
A fun trip down memory lane with some older paintings. Just wanted to share these thoughts!