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This underpainting was prepared by gluing down pieces of newspaper with YES Paste. White gesso was applied with a small piece of mat board or an old credit card over the newspapers and in selected areas on the surface and allowed to dry.
Mix a sepia tone color using Quinacridone burnt orange and French Ultramarine blue. Using a piece of mat board, add shapes of paint to form the windows and the large shapes. Keep cutting the end of the mat board off so you always have a clean surface to work with. Whenever you want a soft edge, spray water onto the surface and work over it with the mat board to soften the colors. Use the tip to make more precise shapes. Last minute, I decided to add a red color accent to the umbrellas.
This scene was drawn on location in San Gimignano, Italy. It took over an hour to draw but only a few minutes to scrape the color over the surface. This “alla prima” approach adds a lot of life to the subject and does not look overworked. Any combination of compliments would create a lovely gray to scratch over the linear shapes.