This meant quick dog walks, when we were nearly blown off our feet, so staying indoors for most of the day was the best option. That gave me an opportunity to tackle a painting that has been waiting in the wings. Well, the IDEA of a painting. Now with the storm, I had no excuse. Here’s a comment I gave on facebook when I had posted the finished piece...
“I just wanted to say, and perhaps this will help some, but I went about this painting NOT with the notion it had to be Perfect. Instead I looked upon it as an experiment, if it didn't work out, then I could learn from it. That took any pressure off my inner critic as I could just Paint and Enjoy. Turned out I'm very happy with this painting and also the journey of creating it, and that's a BIG part of the process for me.”
Like any painting there are Stages to the process:
1. The subject / Thumbnail sketches - getting the balance of the subject right
2. Preparing the canvas / grid the canvas / draw the outlines
3. Get ready to paint / Premix colours - Tones
4. Have fun painting
Fortunately I remembered to take a photograph in the early stages of the painting, although I should have done several step-by-step pics. Anyway, here's the painting on the easel with the sky painted in.
The "PINK" is an acrylic coloured ground on the canvas. It allows for little portions of the pink to show through when the palette knife/brush 'Misses' the canvas. I don't fill ALL those little 'Misses' in to begin with, once they are filled, you can never get them back! So I wait until the end of the painting and review the 'Misses' and cover some of them, leaving just a few to 'Sparkle'
Here's the completed painting:
TITLE: TIME FOR TEA
(12" x 12" Oil on canvas)
Subject: The TeaRoom, Clovelly, Devon
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