HOW TO BEGIN A PAINTING
My friend asked me how I begin a painting and what are the layering steps. That's a question that frequently comes up, one I also like to inquire of other artists. I'll answer by showing you some of the beginning layers... they're Are Not Pretty.
10x10 acrylic on paper
This first image is of a finished painting which I began as described below:
BEGINNING A SERIES
Layers 2-6: I chose a limited number of colors for my palette: yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, black and white, and began making marks using a variety of tools: brushes, squeegee, old credit card, painting knife, trowels, a dental pick for scratching lines, a silicone scraper, grease pencil, and probably some other things that I've forgotten. I worked for one hour and turned these 6 boards....
Yes, I know they are still ugly, but they are related and the layers of paint on paint on paint give me something to respond to. If you click on the pictures you can get a more detailed look at sections of each piece. At this point there was so much wet paint on each piece that I had to give it a rest and let them dry.
My next step will be to go over all six pieces with my electric sander in order to reveal bits of the color that's underneath. I'll take pictures and show you my progress in my next post.
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