Thursday, March 5, 2015
Acrylic Underpainting by landscape artist Tracy Haines,Figurative, the zone, right brain activity
I finally started! This is the acrylic underpainting. I don't often start an oil this way, but lately have been playing around with loose acrylic underpaintings to get the canvas covered. I will continue the painting in oil, and I will attempt to keep the end result loose, too. I love a painterly quality in works; just not a big fan of especially tight paintings-although I admire the realists.
What is particularly fun about this approach, is that once the tough work is done- the work requiring left brain activity (which is always a strain for me , and why I beat a hasty retreat out of medicine)-one can put in "time out" the chatty, over- analytic left brain by, say, listening to an interesting podcast. This frees up the right brain to take over and allow a more fluid, intuitive completion of the painting. For me , this is where the painting really comes to life. This is that zone where I lose all sense of time and place and self.
Thank you for checking this post out, and I will post the painting again once it's completed.