Sunday, July 01, 2012

"Fair Weather Friends" - From Scratch


I started a new painting about 2 1/2 weeks ago, "Fair Weather Friends" and I wanted to show how this painting (which is still in progress) got it's start in life.  The above is a section I just finished yesterday and so far, it is coming along, making good progress each day that I work on it.

The first step in the process of a new painting is one I cannot show you a photo of, because it happens in my brain.  It is the initial concept which can take anywhere from hours to days to germinate in my head.  Once that happens and I have a clear idea of what I would like to do and what size I would like to do it in, I create a sketch.  Above, I've selected a canvas, a large 20" x 20" that my new design will be created on.  First I get the basics of a happy blue sky completed before I can move on to anything else.

I have spent more time with the sky, tweaking the colors, making them bolder in areas and even though I've spent quite a while working on it, I'm not finished just yet, it will be adjusted again as the painting moves toward being finished.  At this point, what could it be?


The beginnings of a birdhouse..........


A birdhouse with Climatis  growing all around it......


Purple Climatis are now beginning to emerge and the makings of some fair weather (feathered) friends hanging out together.  A painting this size, with this much content and detail will take several weeks to complete.  Layers of color need to be built, shading and highlighting as I go and I can see already, this piece will need some additions that were not in the original sketch.  If you listen to the painting, it will always tell you .  As each painting grows and changes, it will let you know what direction to take it in, the artist just has to "listen".

9 comments:

Catherine Holman said...

Another beautiful painting Ruth and one of my favorite flowers!

ArtSings1946 said...

Thanks for sharing Ruth, this was so interesting. And the art is fabulous, as usual.

Happiness Always

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love seeing the steps in your paintings Ruth! This one is so sweet with the birdhouse. :) I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ruth,
Pure joyful is your newest work. I love the clemitis against the blue sky. The sweet birdie is just the finishing touch. I know the finish will be awesome.

Wishing you a great 4th of July.
Happy Creating my friend.
Hugs, CMD

Suzanne said...

Hi Ruth,
Came by to wish you a Happy Fourth of July.
It is always so interesting to see the artists process, thanks for sharing. Love how the painting is progressing.

The Rose Room said...

love seeing the process and progress, as always Ruth stunning! Rachael xo

Trina (Trina's Clay Creations) said...

Love your paintings, I enjoyed seeing the steps! Thank you for sharing!

Erin / Miri-love said...

This is lovely :) It's always so interesting to me when artists show their process work! Excited to see the finished painting!!

Erin from EBT :)
http://labellaironia.blogspot.com/

laurelsbylaurie said...

Hi Ruth. Love your beautiful paintings. I really love the sand dollar pendants, Laurie :)