Saturday, September 15, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I finished a new painting, "Hideaway". I've been going through a bit of a birdhouse phase with paintings, whether actually created or still brewing in my imagination so I decided to once again construct a little birdhouse that , this time has been tucked away in a patch of pink climatis and is home to small goldfinch. I created this painting on a 10" x 10" gallery wrapped canvas.
Thanks to the wonders of photoshop and being lucky enough to live with someone who is skilled in using it, I was able to get the background taken away to offer this piece with a little more variety for art licensing. Two designs for the price of one so to speak.
First, before I work on the canvas, I start with a sketch that I create on tracing paper. Once I had my sky background painted in I was then able to trace the design onto the canvas with a minimum of erasing needed.
Here I've just started to get the bare bones of the design painted in. Before I can work on shading and highlighting, there must be a base to work from.
Slowly and surely layers of color are built ..........
Until finally, an almost complete birdhouse has emerged on the canvas.
The same painstaking process starts with the flowers now, little by little I'm building the color until finally.....the finishing touches can be added.
At this point (and it always happens soooner or later) I either get lazy about taking more photos or I just plain forget and because of that, you will have to jump ahead and view the finished piece.