#ThrowbackThursday This 2009-era Fort of mine really would have benefitted from my current practice of doing a full value underpainting as the base layer ... you can see here that I have nothing to ‘balance’ my color and values against for context, but somehow I did it.
Rembrandt, for one, did mostly complete sepia-ish under paintings as well, per academic tradition, and the big advantage there, besides tonal context, is that you can mostly glaze and use half-opaques in the darks, keeping them thin and mysterious, also per academic tradition. The lights, in turn, are loaded and relatively thickly applied, and in person the resulting ‘depth’ of the original art is striking.
👉🏼And that, boys and girls, is why collectors buy original art and we all go to museums to see originals vs viewing them online or as mere prints only. And that is also why oil painting is now, and will forever be, the king of mediums in fine art. No other medium is as flexible, nuanced, or as powerful - and has stood the test of time. - 20 hours ago