SPAC Painting

A companion blog to ART3302 Painting: Oil & Acrylic

Posts from the ‘Painting Tecniques’ category

Jody Hewgill


Notice how award winning Illustrator Jody Hewgill makes use of a verdaille (green underpainting) for cd cover “the Sparrow and the Rascal” for Arkiv records. To review her creative process for this project and others, see posts on, Drawger.

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F. SCOTT HESS – Mixed Technique

About F. Scott Hess

The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation

F. Scott Hess – Mixed Technique

The Lotus Flower, by F. Scott Hess was painted in the classical Mixed Technique that the artist learned while studying with Rudolf Hausner at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. Click on the link above, to find a step-by-step handout the artist made for his students outlining the procedure. Thank you Scott for sharing this information with our students here in Seattle! You’ll also find there, documentation of his preparatory sketches & drawings for this painting.


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Notes From Underpainting

When painting with oils – always paint fat on lean.

Grisaille (gray underpainting)

Brunaille (brown underpainting) 

Verdaille (green underpainting) 

  • Watch Mark Ryden Verdaille demo start to finish. I’ve heard he sometimes does the underpainting in acrylic with the top layers in oil paint. But it looks like in this demo – he is using thinned down oil in the underpainting. One trick to leaning out the first layer of underpainting, is to add more turpentine to the local color and/or add raw umber. Even though raw umber has a high oil content – it is has a quick drying rate (oxidation). The Painters Handbook by, Mark Gottsengen has an excellent table for discerning which colors are best for underpainting. Look for ones with low oil content and/or quick drying rate.
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