"Light Spill" 12x12 Demo on Red GroundThis demo took less than one hour. I wanted to show how quickly an oil painting (or a painting in any other opaque medium) can unfold when working on color ground.
Note: My standard ground color is a mix of two Holbein gesso colors - Carmine and Orange, applied over 3 coats of standard white gesso. In this example, however, a less-than-successful oil painting, already dry, was re-purposed. I painted over it with Cadmium Red oil paint, which looks much like my usual color gesso ground. Original paint applications beneath the red top coating account for the heavily textured surface, which I rather like. I love to paint on red - medium valued hot color. Darks and lights both contrast against its medium value. Red's forward projecting heat can be kept/covered as needed for depth illusion impact. Plus, it's RED in all it's glory!
Painting with a "apply it/leave it" attitude, work progressed in a series of like-color treatments. What was on my brush at any given time was applied to any place needed across the canvas.