We are still in isolation mode here in Illinois. In my last blog I shared my process of a step-by-step painting that I thought would be helpful to you painters during this time.
Each painting is unique, so sometimes calls for a unique approach. If you followed along, you were aware that I worked in sections, rather than blocking in the entire piece–a deviation from my usual process.
The color and value you apply to an area in a painting is influenced by the color and value adjacent to that area. Therefore, getting rid of the "white" of the paper was the first priority. In the last painting, I had to know how each section would change when I painted the next section.
In this next painting, I will return to my more traditional block-in method, leaving some white space on the first wash, but blocking in major areas of the painting.
What is it about a photograph that wants you to paint it? Is it the subject, the color, contrast, or details? I chose this photo to paint because of the contrast of the lights and darks, and the temperature change of warm and cool.
No photograph is perfect in composition. So I want to make some adjustments. Remember, the elements of composition are, balance, unity, movement, proportion and emphasis-B.U.M.P.E.
I did several sketches to create both a center of interest and the eye-movement that will carry the viewer throughout the painting.
I didn't change the composition much. Just simplifying some of the details and adding some darker rocks was all that was needed. Some photographic references need more changing than others.
I will break down the steps in my next blog. See you at the easel!