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.
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.
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.
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.
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.