After a long hiatus, I'm finally back with another painting update
/"breaking down the painting process" post. Why the long break? Because I was working on this commission (see below) and it's quite a large painting, so it took me a while to finish (!). So anyhoo, I'm finally done, the painting has been gifted to it's new owner (was a surprise gift!), and I'm ready to share what I've been working on :)
Read on for a glimpse into the painting process...
The first step? The commissioner (my friend, Sara) gave me a bunch of photographs to work from. We met, and discussed what she wanted. Then, I came up with this to-scale sketch, to give her an idea of what I was thinking, composition-wise.
Once she approved, I started on the painting. I did a blue underpainting (basically a sketch in paint), and then began adding the basic color blocks/shapes of the buildings.
From there, I began to add more details--the lines in the sidewalk, the bricks on the movie theatre, the flowers and fruits in front of the grocery store.
Then I just continued to add layers, details, and shadows (sorry for the glare in the corner of this pic!)...
And continuing with the details...you can see I started adding leaves to the trees, reflections in the windows, signs to the produce in front of the grocery, etc.
The finished product! The painting is 24" x 30."
So there you have it! I hope you find the progression as interesting as I do...I didn't always document the progress of my paintings, but now that I'm doing so, I find it really fascinating to look back at once I'm done :)
Speaking of paintings, I've added a couple of small mixed media pieces to my Etsy shop
, and am excited to announce that I'll be selling prints (i.e. affordable versions) of my work *very soon.* I'll keep you updated and let you know once they're available! As you can tell, I'm excited...
Hope you have an inspirational day!