my painting process


I have developed my own style of painting over many years of practice, practice, practice and experimentation with all kinds of mediums.

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Oils? Not for me..I dislike getting my hands dirty and the turpentine smell never washes off! Also – I am a fast worker. I like to sit down and finish a painting in one sitting. Acrylics? Better, but still rather viscous and a slower drying time. Watercolors? Just right! I use both watercolor pencils and a palette of assorted dry colors with paint brushes to build layers of fast drying washes.

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I have a small kit which holds my pencils, brushes, white erasers, pencil sharpeners and q tips (yes-I sometimes use q tips instead of paintbrushes because they are disposable and I hate cleaning up!!)

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I start with an image from a magazine , ipad or photo and depending on its complexity I will free hand sketch with a watercolor pencil or use a lightbox to establish the foundation of the drawing. I like my drawings to be very balanced and sit solidly on the page so a lightbox is an invaluable tool for establishing the proportions and structure of the drawing. I sketch the outline of the form then immediately wash over the lines to soften them.

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Then comes the fun part…slowly adding layers of color….

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Always leaving plenty of white….with watercolors you can’t subtract, you can only add, so you want to make sure you let a lot of white show through.

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After all the paint has been applied I then go over outlines with my pencil – kind of a reverse approach as the logical way is to draw an outline then paint inside it. I like to be very free flowing with my paint application then use pencil to define shapes. I work very fast with the pencil, achieving a sketchy look. I try not to over think it! By taking a q tip and blurring some lines you can create instant shadows – it is very simple.

If you haven’t tried it before I would encourage you to get some watercolor paper (nothing fancy but is has to be watercolor paper as regular paper will seem like paper towel once you apply water and a brush) an inexpensive paint pallet, a brush, a q-tip, watercolor pencils and a regular lead pencil. Pick a big, easily outlined shape like a boot or a bucket and start filling in a pattern using the technique I described. You will be amazed!

 



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