Thursday, May 11, 2006
Finished E. Gruppe Experiment...
9" x 6" oil
This is the final result of experimenting
painting greens over a red underpainting,
which Emile Gruppe recommended to his
painting students to gain ease of control
over the greens of nature.
My methods are to paint wet into wet on
the fly...but to pull off such direct alla
prima painting successfully, one needs to
judge values and color accurately with a
good degree of ease. I find in teaching
painting workshops that many artists, if
not most...struggle with their color when
painting outdoors on location, and it
shows itself evident again and again that
they have a difficult time judging values.
My habit then is to have students do a 15
minute small format value study of a scene
before pulling out the larger canvas or
This approach of Gruppe's to use reds to
undertone his canvas has proven itself
very good and of particular ease in
handling greens; a color many artists
seem to struggle with so prevalent in
the springs and summers. The procedure
also seems to assure a wonderful warm glow
that imitates the warmth of the light.