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Original Painting Progression From Start to Finished


36 x 24 x 1.5" Deep Canvas

Thank you for visiting my art here on my blog. I am grateful to you and am blessed to be able to share my work here.

I want to show you how I create a painting from start to finish. I love the process and thought I'd share it! It's a process that has taken over 7 years to create. 

When I first begin a painting I usually know the subject matter I'd like to create.

I know the style.

I know the color scheme.

Everything else in between is the part where the brain and the imagination take over.

Composition is key for me.

I don't do a paper sketch first.

I sketch the basic outline of the composition as shown below.

I then block in color areas.

The painting starts to take on a life of its own.

If I'm happy with the progress, I keep painting. If not, I stop and walk away for a while to give my eyes a rest.

In the meantime, I am trying to problem solve what I want the painting to feel like.

When I go back to the painting, I just try to simplify my composition because it's usually the fact that I have made it more complicated than it needs to be.

When I create a painting, it usually takes me 3 days to complete. This means sittings of at least 90 minutes 3 times a day until it's done.

I am not one to sit hours and hours. My mind is really working on the mix between color, composition, feeling, and joy that the art brings.

I always know when the painting is done. I just look at it and know...OK it's more paint! I love that part. It's kind of a 6th sense I feel.

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