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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Drawing With Paint

I'm starting to unwind from our last "Vintage Marketplace" and am thinking of doing a new oil painting.While scanning my photo's in my computer file for an image that has been on my mind, I found myself thinking about my under paintings or (the drawing under the painting) they at times can be very pretty in themselves.One of my Laguna Beach art teachers said that "drawing is the backbone to painting" a good drawing can make for a good painting. Using a neutral color  trains you to see and paint in different values of dark to light. I remember 10 years ago when Rachel Ashwell came to visit me in my art studio and how she was drawn to an under painting I had just done, and asked to purchase it for her L.A. Shabby Chic store.I think she loved seeing the thought and design behind the finished painting. Anyway, here are a few examples of drawing with paint.


  1. I can see why Rachel would be interested in the underpaintings...they are simply gorgeous. I've never heard of that term, but it makes sense. I love your work, you are very talented!

  2. Oh Christie!! Se sont de bien merveilleuses et délicates teintes!! I love all your wonderful roses!!

    Chaleureusement votre
    !✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

  3. You are right Christie. Making a neutral underpainting helps to paint from values of dark to light and it is a very good exercice. And also, a lot of painters are using "patterns" to begin a painting. I, for myself, use a brown one. It is very interesting to paint in this way and if something's wrong, you may simply wipe the paint off and begin again.
    The underpaintings are often quite beautiful, like sepia drawings or photographs.
    Your examples are beautiful.

    Have a nice Sunday.

  4. As long as I've know you, and its been awhile, your artistic talents will always continue to amaze me. You are truly gifted! Have a great week-end my friend.

    Take care, Sue

  5. Such beautiful work...lovely design! Xoxoxo

  6. very beautiful... no wonder so many love what you paint, you do it so well! i think it comes from within, you must have a lovely soul. xxx

  7. Hi Christie,
    When I was a teen, I used to draw and then paint over the drawing. I always found it easier that way. {I come from a very artistic family}. My sister still paints from time to time and my brother makes his living using his skills. It's interesting to see how the gift has run through the family because now the younger generation is also into art.
    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind congratulations on my new granddaughter. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Christmas blessings,

  8. And I am going to say it again Dear SNL, my b-day is coming up! lol
    Under paintings are my favorites, they can go in any room in the house. Your work is bellissimo as usual.
    What would you like for your b-day? Ciao

  9. I love those paintings, very subtle.

  10. Christie
    This is one of my favorite looks. I also love seeing the thought and idea behind unfinished pieces.
    The 324 painting above the window takes my breath away...gorgeous!

  11. oh...it is just so softly beautiful. What a blessing to have that talent you have. Love everything you do! hugs-Diana

  12. J'aime beaucoup ces décors de fleurs et de feuilles ! J'aimerais en peindre sur les poutres de ma maison ! Je crois que je vais essayer cet été !
    Bon dimanche et Kiss from France !

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing these photos with us. I try to do underpaintings too but they don't look like this! You are so talented. Thanks again for sharing!

  14. Hi Christie,
    Your underpaintings are as gorgeous as your paintings. I have always been intrigued by your amazing eye...in being able to paint just what you see. It is such a special gift that you have been blessed with...and now you bless us all with the gift. These images are just so very beautiful.
    Thank you for your message about my feature in the Feminine Home. I was thrilled with it too!

  15. Christie, Thanks for joining us last night for our Christmas gathering we really enjoyed having you in our home. And we are looking forward to seeing your latest passion for all to see. Love ya Raymond & Julian