Meringues Painting Study: A Delicious Tutorial feat. Wayne Thiebaud
Step 2: A “Wet-In-Wet” Base Layer
Before painting, prop your paper block at a 30º angle, and spray your paints with water to soften them. Then, use a no. 8 round brush to mix Brilliant Pink with a touch of Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and dilute it so it matches the color of the table in Thiebaud’s painting. Bill decides to use the “wet-in-wet” technique here (i.e. wet paint on a wet surface), so he wets the table and any pink areas with water before dropping the pink paint in. You can follow along, and like Bill, you can add Cerulean Blue to some of the plates and pies.
Darken the blues with Cobalt Blue Hue, and allow some of the paint to bleed into one another, especially in areas where the cast shadows hit the table. Note that the colors won’t be dark enough yet, as you will build them up later with lots of layering. In addition, the balance between warm (i.e. pink) and cool (i.e. blue) colors will help with contrasts too, and keep your meringues painting study as interesting as Thiebaud’s version.