I haven’t shown you a step-by-step painting process for awhile. If you’re like me, you find it fascinating to see how artists work and create their vision. The photos below were originally taken and posted on my Instagram feed as I worked on this painting over a period of a couple of weeks. I post almost daily to Instagram, so join my feed if you would like to see day-to-day works in progress in my studio!
For this painting, “Then She Said…” I first created a background by thinly applying many layers of paint using a roller, sponges and fingers. As the layers built up, areas from below shone through or didn’t get covered as thickly, resulting in a complex and interesting colour field.
After I was pleased with the background effect, I waited for the oil paint to dry. My next step was to draw my design with charcoal. A dry background was important to allow me to erase the charcoal as necessary until I achieved a satisfactory drawing. Then I overdrew the charcoal with a black oil stick to create permanent lines.
Next, with a palette knife I began to layer a bright colour onto my image, basically colouring in the lines. This is a rather meditative stage of the painting process and I often listen to artist podcasts while doing this.
The next steps involved painting more layers of bright, sometimes discordant colours, building up texture and interest. I like seeing bits of the lower layers winking through, giving complexity to the top layers.
Finally, the finishing touches were added. It’s amazing how sometimes just a little dab of paint here and there, a highlight, an adjustment, are what make the final painting sing.
View the painting on my website and see more pictures of it here!