Mt Taranaki Revisited
This week after thinking about landscapes of the heart and working on the small charcoal studies of Mt Taranaki, I decided to take a make or break decision on the Mt taranaki III painting. I wasn’t that happy with it and thought there wasn’t much to lose by extending the charcoal sketch onto the painting.
Well this was one of those nail biting decisions that turned out well I’m happy to say. It is so easy to wreck a painting and never be able to even get it back to where it was in the past.

Mt Taranaki III - revisited.Kadira Jennings

Mt Taranaki III – revisited

Phew ! Happy Outcome. I was actually delighted with how it turned out – suddenly the work went from drab and menacing to uplifting.

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Underpainting and abstracts

This post looks at the further use of underpainting and how it can influence our work in quite dramatic ways. The paintings you see here are underpaintings done in preparation for a colour blocking technique. The finished version of this appears later in the post.

Working drawing charcoal for Underpainting

Working drawing charcoal


  • A simple place to start is to get the real estate pages out of the paper and go through the houses for sale.  Look at the images until you find one that has shapes that appeal to you.
  • Then do some preliminary drawings until you find an arrangement of shapes that you like as in the above drawing.
  • Then you paint an under painting of your working drawing – this is version I
Magenta House underpainting

Magenta House underpainting

  • You might experiment with different colours on top of your underpainting.
  • Or take the same composition and give it a totally different colour palette.  You can see what a different effect you can get by doing this .
  • See how by placing different tones and colours in the same position, you take the viewer’s eye to a different place.
  • For extra emphasis separate the colour blocks with thick or thin or uneven black or coloured lines

And then you have the finished painting

Magenta house  - finished

Magenta house – finished

To see the same subject handled differently – check out next weeks post……

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