An underpainting; an initial study for spruce log stacks / sheaves; just some bold marks on canvas

log stack underpainting

oil paint thinned with turpentine on canvas, 40 x 22″, begun after some thought today July 19 2018

Always love this early formative stage; and always reluctant to lose it! It seems somehow sufficient. Rough marks; approximations of colour; scribbles and dribbles of paint freely applied… this stage is just about covering the white canvas and leaving it to dry somewhat – and meditating on it all the while… too much paint, thick heavy impasto applied everywhere is destructive of colour and light… the naked white and lightly / loosely underpainted canvas ought always to show through in the finished piece…

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