Cow Barn In Winter ..10 x 12 ..O/P
While I have the opportunity, may I wish all of you a very Productive, Healthy and Happy New Year. May your next painting be your best painting !
So, why stain the panel ? This piece was started on a Masonite panel that had previously been stained with two coats of gesso. The stain on this particular panel was, on a grey scale, equal or close to a number five grey, assuming that white is 'one' and black is number 'ten'.
Personally, I find that this 'number five value' a distinct advantage when starting the painting.
This number five or "middle" value will allow me to work as I normally would using darkers colours (values) to set up the composition and also to apply and compare lighter or 'high key colours' as opposed to a white background of canvas or panel. It is always nice to be able to see and compare the lighter colours !