Saturday, 31 August 2013


2.5" x 3.5"
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30 IN 30 

Today is the beginning of the Leslie Saeta 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge and not only that, I'm in the process of setting up a new studio. It's been like one of those speeded up movies around here.

STEP 2 - Under Painting
I wanted to start of the challenge with a bang and get ahead of myself so I can relax. I already had some pre-cut ACEO which I had prepped as well as some 5" x 7" canvas panels and some 6" x 8" Strathmore Windpower sheets, so when I sat down to paint it took me a while to decide which to choose. I eventually opted for the ACEO because last month I mainly painted larger works.

I've suspected for some time that the difficulty in photographing a completed painting, could be caused by under-painting. I thought I would under-paint four ACEO canvases with four different colours and then use the same palette on the upper layers to test my theory. I was also curious how under-painting affects the mood of the finished piece.

Today is Australian Sienna. Follow the next few days to see different under-painting and the end result

 Under painting showing under texture

STEP 3 - Base Layer Sky on Australian Sienna base

STEP 4 - Other Layer Sky

Step 1 - Preparing the painting surface and creating texture (not shown)
Step 2 - Under painting (Clockwise from top left)
- Matisse Magenta 
- Matisse Australian Sienna 
- Liquitex Cadmium Red Light 
- Liquitex Prism Violet
Step 3 - Base sky colour
Step 4 - Other sky colour
Step 5 - Base ocean colour
Step 6 - More ocean colour
Step 7 - Finish and Sign (Top)
STEP 5 - Base Layer Ocean
Step 8 - UV Protective Varnish (not shown) 
Step 9 - Photograph, Scan and Post

STEP 7 - Iridescent Highlights and Signing


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CAT 13212 Serene Beach ACEO 
Posted as number 16 on 30 in 30 Leslie Saeta