Pimiento? No, Pentimento! One is a pepper and the other is regret. Pentimento is a change by the artist in the process of making a painting. Whoops, I should have put that there, or, I changed my mind. I have seen this pentimento mainly with Old Dutch Masters. Sometimes you might see and extra limb or garment underneath the body of the painting. The artist would have changed his mind and rather than throw away a perfectly good piece of canvas, they would just paint over their mistake.
With intuitive painting, many layers are built up and you may see marks or shapes underneath the final layer. Unless one is painting impasto, most paintings are built up in layers with thin applications of color and perhaps building up to thicker paint. Thin before thick helps stop the paint from cracking.
In lesson 3, we intentionally made an underpainting to paint over with the idea that some of the underpainting would show through. Sorry about the quality of the photo, I haven’t had good light.
This is my mixed media piece on Saunders, cold press, 200lb, watercolor paper. As my bedroom and living room are painted lavender, I used that to make an analgous/complementary color scheme. I decided on paper as I found that the final marks made on the cradled board smeared when putting on the top coat. In this case, cost was not a factor as this rather large sheet, Imperial Size, was about the same price as a 12×12 inch panel, if not more. Rather, I cut the sheet to 14 inches square and masked off to make a slightly larger than 12×12 square to fit a picture frame I have that is 16×16 inches with a 12×12 aperture.
Here is a close-up. You can just about make out some of the marks under the painting. I forgot that I was painting on paper and was careful about using my watersoluble media at first, but when I had a doh moment and realised it was going under glass, I didn’t hold back. There are a lot of scratches and pencil marks too. This was a fun thing to do even though I wasn’t intending on filling in all of the spaces. However the empty spaces were calling out for something.
While doing all of these exercises and paintings in the first 3 lessons, it led me to think about Matisse, Cezanne, and Cubism. So I started looking up artists online to look at their work. I’ve ordered some books too! How unusual of me!
I’m a bit behind with the lessons and have three more to do. It looks like I might have a busy weekend ahead! 🙂