Tuesday, March 10, 2009

For Lori, progress

I'm posting my beginnings because my friend Lori said she liked to see how paintings develop. After painting steadfastly for an hour, I am taking a break to lift weights and walk the dog and think about how to proceed. I am always amazed at how many decisions get made in my head. But there are always changes that can only be made when you see them on the canvas.


Patrice said...

I am impressed by your thorough preparation and detailed drawings. Though I often do up a quick sketch, I am really impatient when it comes to drawing out my paintings beforehand.

It's one of those things I know I should do - but I can only make myself do it when there are important angles, architectural details or really complex compositions. I admire your technique!

Paula Cravens said...

Thanks for your kind comments Patrice. Now I'll confess. I am basically a really lazy person. Buy gridding my paintings, I can start painting faster than if i take the time to draw them out by hand. I worry that they become too driven by the photographs sometimes, especially with people. I have to really try to loosen up when I am painting. What I find really helps is when I think out my focal point and do a thumbnail value sketch before I start. But, being lazy, I don't always do it!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I also appreciate your attention to drawing. The grid method is the best. This is a beautiful composition.