The start of the painting is a bit of a process. In fact more work goes into the 'Preparing' than the actual painting itself.
In this case, I'm Selecting the Art Panel and Choosing the background colour
I generally know what size art panel I want to use for any given subject, but sometimes there are decisions to be made on the tone of background needed.
Firstly, as you will see in the short clip, I went for a blue background, but then changed my mind, and went for magenta/pink. That seems very BRIGHT for a background, but once the oil paint is on, the background will only show through slightly, whilst giving the overall painting a warm theme. There is reason to my madness - the subject will have Cool colours, so the Warm tones will balance that out.
It all makes sense - honestly!
Here's the video clip - me choosing the correct art panel and then the background colour
(all whilst trying to hold the iPhone to film - sorry about the wobbles - as always click the pic)
I will be videoing the whole process through to a completed painting over the next week or so.