Yes, it's been a long time since I posted. I did have some commissions that I haven't posted because they are similar to others that I have posted before (lemons are still very popular ;-).
I should have three or four others finished shortly so I hope to post them soon.
I had meant to try a grey under painting (grisaille) for a long time so I thought I'd share how I went about it with this little study (I did the grisaille in acrylic). I can't really say if it improved my work flow but it did help to get the form blocked in a lot quicker (I'm a slow worker so it was never going to really speed me up, which is what I'd like ideally!).
The left half has been 'oiled out'. This is where you paint a very thin coat of medium over the painting the next day to bring the colours back to how they looked when you first painted them (they can dry dull, chalkly and lifeless - as you can see on the right). It's great to work into this wet layer too and it helps to blend it with the layer below.
Oil on 9 x 7 inch hardboard
I have been included on this Facebook page with some very illustrious company so please 'like' the page if you visit it (scroll down to see my peeled tangerine): http://www.facebook.com/WorldClassPainters
I hope I can get the new stuff to you ASAP .... please don't give up on me, I know I'm hopeless at this ;-)