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Starting A Painting

Published on February 3, 2011

When I start a painting, I know what I want to put across to the viewer. It is important to keep that in mind when working the piece, and not lose sight of the point of the painting.

My approach for all three of these pieces was the same. I start by staining the canvas a grey color, by mixing ultramarine blue french, and cadmium red light. Then I use a rag to pull out or wipe off my lightest areas. I start sketching in with the same blue/red mixture, and darkening the darkest areas. At this point, I am ready to apply some color. I have to keep myself from working too fast, and try to pace myself. I find that some nice jazz helps the process.

I try to work on all parts of the painting, and not get stuck on one area.

I know when it is completed. I walk away from it for a time, and come back with fresh eyes. If it is done, then it looks like how I wanted it to look.

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