Oil Still-Life Study

The Pear, Underpainting Experiment…

The mighty pear. The most underrated fruit today in my opinion. I am sure if I polled individuals on here they probably would be able to tell me the exact number of times they have eaten one. This pear painting was more difficult than I initially expected. It was similar to the tomatoes. I took my time on this one making sure I was mixing the colors just right. What you can’t see is all my mistakes I initially made. I pulled the paint off so many times as I just wasn’t feeling the colors that I mixed were correct. The brush strokes also bothered me. Pears tend to be a yellowish green with a little subtle tint of blue (depends on the type of light shone on them). Here, I was experimenting with underpainting.

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The Subject – Pears obtained from a local grower.
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A basic color wheel

From what I am learning the best underpainting color is one that is a compliment to the main color of your painting. This is called a complementary color. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Examples of this would be blue and orange, red and green, yellow and purple, etc. Complementary color schemes create a high amount of contrast, but can create a lot of visual vibration when they are used at full saturation.

For pears, a good complementary color would be violet (see my take 2 painting) for the underpainting. For my ‘take 1’ painting I choose blue which would be a close analogous color to that of violet. Does this make any difference with the end result?

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‘Take 1’ with blue underpainting – sketch
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The Pears – 6 x 6 in; oil on canvas – First in a series – Available

Now for ‘take 2’…with a violor background (true complement to the green of the pears).

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‘Take 2’ with a violet underpainting – sketch
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The Subtle Pears; 8 x 8 in; oil on canvas – Second and Final in a series – Available

With all these pictures, photos seem to not do them justice in being able to convey the spectrums of the yellows and greens seen in the pears. The side by side comparison photo does help with showing the vast differences between each underpainting (see below).

From this experiment I feel the underpainting does in fact make the painting mood different. With the violet (the truest compliment of yellow/green) the shadows are much darker and compliment the yellow-green of the pear. The first painting with blue does shine through but mimics what I learned in a previous post. Both are vast different.

For my next trial I will try and experiment again with the underpainting, but choose to allow most of it to show through. We will have to see how it goes.

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Side by side comparison of contrast

The Pears, 6 x 6 in., Oil on Canvas, Original Artwork, Unframed [1st in a Series]

Original Painting: https://timellmers.com/2017/08/16/the-pear-underpainting-experiment/ SERIES: 1st in a Series ABOUT: ‘The Pears’ were painted from still life in my studio. This painting is first in a series as the second in the series was completed on an 8 x 8 in. painting of the same subject but with a different painting approach. ‘The Pears’ have been done with a blue under painting which is analogous to the complementary color of the second in the series – violet. This underpainting allows the subtle greens/yellow of the pear show through. This painting would work well with a gold, brown, or dark frame. DIMENSIONS: 6 x 6 in. (standard size for easy framing) MATERIALS: Painted in professional oil paints on a cotton canvas, stretched on a wooden stretcher frame, canvas has been gessoed with three coats to maintain cotton integrity, paint was mixed with my own personal concentration of oil mediums to give paint strength and adds to protection for years to come (give a nice soft varnish look when dry). Painting comes unframed, but size is standard so will be affordable. (C) Burge Mountain Artworks, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

$45.00

The Subtle Pears, 8 x 8 in., Oil on Canvas, Original Painting, Unframed [2nd in a Series]

ORIGINAL PAINTING: https://timellmers.com/2017/08/16/the-pear-underpainting-experiment/ SERIES: 2nd and FINAL in a Series ABOUT: ‘The Subtle Pears’ were painted from still life in my studio. Very similar to the first in the series but approached differently. Here the brush strokes are looser giving it more an impressionistic approach. ‘The Subtle Pears’ has been done with a violet under painting which is complementary to the subtle green of the pears. This color scheme will allow the pears to pop. This painting would work well with a gold, brown, or dark frame. The painting is painted on the sides with the undercolor of violet. DIMENSIONS: 8 in. x 8 in. (standard size for easy framing) MATERIALS: Painted in professional oil paints on a cotton canvas, stretched on a wooden stretcher frame, canvas has been gessoed with three coats to maintain cotton integrity, paint was mixed with my own personal concentration of oil mediums to give paint strength and adds to protection for years to come (give a nice soft varnish look when dry). Painting comes unframed, but size is standard so will be affordable. (C) Burge Mountain Artworks, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

$65.00

1 comment on “The Pear, Underpainting Experiment…

  1. Frank Ward

    I am inspired by your story! I am glad you are doing what you love to do in your spare time. I look forward to see your growth over time.

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