Still Life - Painting the Background: Step 1
It is most practical to paint the background first.
- Once you have finished drawing a still life, the background is usually the first thing you should paint.
- It is more practical to paint the objects in order from back to front, as it is technically easier to paint the edge of any object over the preceding one.
Still Life - Painting the Background: Step 2
Underpaint the background and foreground with flat colors.
- Start the background and foreground by underpainting both with flat areas of color, taking care to slightly overlap the edges of all the adjacent still life objects.
Still Life - Painting the Background: Step 3
Apply the first layer of dark tone with a thin glaze of transparent color.
- Apply the first layer of dark tone using a thin glaze of transparent color, stippled and blended with a soft sable brush.
- Take care to ensure that you overlap the edges of any underpainted color as you do not wish to leave any gaps which could be difficult to rectify at a later stage.
Still Life - Painting the Background: Step 4
Build up the tone with additional glazes of color.
- Build up the intensity of the tone with another thin glaze glaze of color.
- Use as many glazes of color as you need to reach the depth of tone you desire.
- The translucent quality that you can achieve by building up thin layers of transparent paint adds a vibrant depth to your tone and color.
Still Life - Painting the Background: Step 5
Unify the background with a final glaze of color
- Unify the overall tone of the background with a final glaze of color that helps to merge and balance both glazed and unglazed areas.