Friday, December 11, 2009

Window into where the work is done.

I am working on my biggest commission yet.  She measures 30" x 40"
I thought I would share a bit of the process and the work space.  I jimmy rigged a bulletin board as you can see.  In the left are the boxes that my canvas comes in where I tacked up different inspirations.  Classic Renaissance paintings for composition, color and most importantly feeling.  Some of my own stuff too - to remind me of what I like about my paintings :)  Composition is very important so I keep going back to one of the pin up sheets to remind me of proportion. Composition is why there is a grid on the canvas.  I grid the composition so all is in proportion.  The math comes before the emotion.  I am not sure if you can see the big art books on the floor but I use them for height. 
The painting is so big that I need to stand on books to work on Mary's face. 

I want to blog more about this further, but let me start with the basics.....

I laid in the background first, usually, I try to work the colors all around in a balanced way so it is a whole organism but I needed to do the "ground" first because of the technique. 
I promise I will try to show and share's been so busy here......


  1. Thank you for sharing. Never having painted, this process is very interesting to me. You make it all appear so very easy.

  2. I love your work and am eagerly anticipating seeing what goes into the art! thanks