Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Working out a Painting

I thought I would share the process I am going through to work out the details of this marsh painting. I am really trying to be good about doing thumbnails and value studies before starting a painting. I am now using a bigger sketchbook so I have room for several sketches and notes. I am writing down what I want the mood and focus of the painting to be as well as any other notes to myself. I am thinking of this as my warm-up exercises before the actual painting begins. In this photo you can see my sketchbook and reference photos as well as three small color studies in different formats.

3 comments:

Almost Daily Paintings by Catherine Gillespie said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I have gotten out of the habit of thumbnails, and you have underscored how important they are. You do beautiful work.

Catherine Gillespie

Karen said...

Thank you!!! I am trying to be good about remembering the thumbnails!

Anonymous said...

Look what I found! It's fascinating to see the process of how you developed the painting. I will display your talent with pride!

Kathy R.