Last week I posted “Her Majesty”. This week I am posting some pictures showing how “Her Majesty” came to be.
On my blank canvas I sketch out where I think everything will go...the body...the chair...I make sure the proportions look correct etc. I am VERY excited about this stage of my painting. It is like a newborn baby...there is so much hope and anticipation...I see such a great future for this piece.
Then I block in all the colors. Visually this gives me a sense of composition and further helps me ascertain that things are where I want them on the canvas. This is like the toddler stage. There is still a lot of hope...things are looking good...the piece is coming to life! I am excited.
I begin with the details...this is the adolescence.. the awkward stage. Things don’t always turn out the way I had planned. I lost focus...got cocky...The piece gets off track and I get annoyed. I see that even though things were in the right place to begin with...one arm is too long...the features in the face seem to have shifted down and I wonder how the paint could have shifted...It could not be ME! It has to be the fault of the brush! Yes, that is it...I will blame the brush.
Finally, I get the kinks worked out...the piece has reached its adulthood...everything is back where it belongs and it has grown into a fine young painting. "Her Majesty" is cute again! She has found a good home and will live happily ever after.
And now I begin another...