| 02 February, 2013 16:04
I have decided to paint at a larger size: 36" x 24". Also, I thought it would be fun to post work-in-progress, showing some of the steps as I go from a blank canvas to finished art. Here are the first two stages of what I call "P11" for short: which simply means it is #11 of my Praesentia Series. I'll give the painting a proper title when it is finished.
|Step 1: I designated two sections in the wall. The first is to the left of the line that will become a crack and the second is the area to the right - and filled each in with a base color. These are not meant to indicate sun and shade; but rather value/color differences in the bricks themselves and the mortar. Having different shades to start with may help compositionally to break up what could become a monotonous wall - as long as a subtle color and/or value difference remains when the painting is finished.|
|Step 2: I begin laying in the individual bricks, paying attention to the multiple colors and shades: gray, cream, rust, pink, tan, dark umber. Also I start fleshing out the main crack in the wall, add the black interior space, and work darker colors into the window area. Though the two "halves" I started with now are less obvious, I still think about them as I paint, reminding myself not to obscure them completely.