Monday, January 10, 2011
Just Married! Oil on Canvas
Every once in a while I get the comment "How do you do that?!" Well, I'm not a magician. It's not like I grab a paintbrush and whip paintings out. I go through a whole process. And, almost every painting, almost every time, I find myself way in over my head, and completely lost, overwhelmed and frustrated. It used to be to much. I'd reach a point and give up, or just make myself satisfied with my best attempt. But now, I've painted enough to reach the edge, and know that if I just keep at it, I will eventually find my way out of the dark. And that, right there, makes painting so satisfying.
So here is a few shots I took of my painting along the way. It's a very classical approach. I start with a charcoal drawing on canvas, then on goes a neutral wash of mostly thinner , and then I build the paint from there, layer by layer.