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  • Writer's pictureRobert Hopkins

The fun, has begun.

After dedicating considerable time to studying Van Gogh's "Wheat Field with Cypress (June 1889)," I have reached a point where I feel prepared to proceed. During my research, I encountered a disagreement with "The Met" regarding the way in which Van Gogh toned his canvas. Upon closely examining a high-resolution image of the painting, it appears to me that he actually painted on the back of the canvas. The grayish appearance is likely the result of accumulated dust and dirt over the years. This aging process contributes to the distinctive look of the underpainting and adds to the overall atmosphere of the artwork.

Below this text, I am sharing the free-hand guide layer that I sketched earlier today. It took approximately an hour to complete using a "B" pencil. I extensively studied online videos of this painting and decided to follow the techniques demonstrated in the "Top of Art" Reproductions video. While they opted for a light yellow ochre canvas tone, I have chosen to take a different approach in my rendition.

Van Gogh sometimes did paint on the back of the canvas without toning it. It allowed the oil from the paint to soak into the canvas and made it easier to do his Impasto look.

The paints that I will use are: Zinc white (more vivid mixer than Titanium White)

Cadmium Yellow (Chrome Yellow)

Vermilion Red

Cobalt Blue (hue)

Ultramarine Blue (green shade)

Emerald Green (Winsor Emerald)


Here is my progress thus far:

Wish me luck! :)

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