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Morgan

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on: January 19, 2013, 09:11:33 AM
I've recently started oil painting and watch DVD's that always start out with a fast flow type white oil medium as a base coat for wet on wet paintings.  Is this normally done for landscapes.  Is an undercoat necessary ?  If so is it always white.

Thanks for all replies.


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Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 12:08:14 PM
:bigwelcome: to the PB family Morgan

No an undercoat is not required, I hardly ever add an undercoat. The videos you have seen are all probably using the Bob Ross style of painting which usually use an undercoat. The paintings that use an undercoat usually use white, but it is possible to use other colours as well, eg, blue in the sky.


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Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 01:37:09 PM
 :welcome:   to Paintbasket, Morgan!

This is a great place to learn, so go ahead, ask any questions. 

Nolan and Dennis are great teachers and this is the best website in the world.

The members here are glad to give their input and you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
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Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 01:43:32 PM
 :wave: Hi Morgan, a big warm  :welcome: to the PB family.  You will meet great friends as well as learn an incredible amount.  Enjoy the journey and have fun  ;)
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Morgan

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Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 02:46:45 PM
:bigwelcome: to the PB family Morgan

No an undercoat is not required, I hardly ever add an undercoat. The videos you have seen are all probably using the Bob Ross style of painting which usually use an undercoat. The paintings that use an undercoat usually use white, but it is possible to use other colours as well, eg, blue in the sky.

Then do you just paint on a dry canvas?


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Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013, 03:06:09 PM
That's correct. I have been painting for many years and on the very odd occasions I will tone my canvas but not begin with a "wet" canvas. It is not necessary.
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Morgan

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Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 05:34:26 AM
Thanks for all the great advice.  I will try using a dry canvas for my next oil painting.  Just finished watching the "How to paint oil paintings using acrylics" tutorial.  I liked the way he transferred the couple outline onto the canvas.  What a great tip. 

New question: Does a coat of Gesso need to be applied to new canvas panels.  I really like the easy clean up of acrylics and the idea of oils on top of the acrylics.

Thanks again and look forward to the next tutorial.
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