Well, this is the last week of my painting in progress-it's all done! Where did the time go?
Acrylic paint (mostly Liquitex, Golden fluid and regular)
Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels
Pitt Artist Pen (black)
Collage materials (newspaper, sheet music, patterned paper)
Canvas (gallery stretched)
Some tips I have learned along the way:
1. I work on a lot of paintings at one time-this way, when I have to let something dry, or I get frustrated with something, I can move to another piece.
2. I try to fix all technical problems with the figure in the drawing stage of the painting. It's much easier than trying to fix it later once I start painting!
3. While I have an idea of how I want the completed painting to look, I am still open to the painting taking on a life of it's own.
4. I use bold rich colors right from the start. This gives the painting immediate depth, texture and interest.
5. When painting the face, I try to think as if I am applying make-up. This helps with telling me where different colors and tones should go. I know my own face and where I would apply different colors/tones so I transfer that knowledge to painting the face. Of course if you are painting photo realism then lighting affects a lot.
6.. I use my journal/sketchbook a lot for writing down my ideas. I find that writing collects my thoughts about a painting or a whole collection. Painting is a holistic act-everything that is in my head, heart and soul..I really try to bring all of who I am to my paintings. Thanks for looking!
* N.B. I will add the whole process to a page in my sidebar (when I get a chance!)