Two years ago I observed the watercolor/pastel technique of Albert Handell and was intrigued. I finally tried this technique with oils alone, using Cobra's water-mixable oils. At first I applied the paint thinly mixed with sufficient water. Then I began to paint primarily using a palette knife but also utilizing a brush for different effects, with thicker paint on top of the (dried) thin layer.
These are my first two paintings based on this technique: both paintings were done with the assumption of the coloring of sunset during stormy skies.
The Sandias is based on the watercolor/pastel demo by Handell two years ago.
|Sandias, Initial Thin Underpainting with water-based Oils|
|Sandias, Continued Underpainting plus Initial thicker paint layer|
|Sandias, Final, 10x12, oil|
After I completed the Sandias I then applied the technique to this Sangres' painting. I did not photograph stages; I was concentrating too much on the painting to pause for photographs.
|Sangres, 10x16, oil|
Note the happy accidents in the sky with the thin underpainting. I like the end result with the juxtaposition of the thin and the thick.