I’ve just finished a painting which is a little unusual so thought I’d share my process with you.
I often use photos as a way to collage together an idea which I can then paint to appear seamless. I like using different photo reference and sometimes use Photoshop to edit together and play with a composition before painting it. I suppose it’s like a preparatory sketch only I can move things around on the screen until I’m happy.
I did a smaller version of a similar painting as an illustration for a poem a couple of years ago and always liked this idea and intended to do a bigger version. So here it is…
|No title for this yet but it’s 27″ x 15″ pastel on velour.|
|This is the photo I based the painting on. Carn wind farm can be seen in
the distance from my window but it’s a much different perspective being
right up close to them.
|My drawing on the velour I start to block in the sky and build
up the gradient from dark down to light at the horizon.
|Once I’m happy with the smoothness of the blue I can begin
the clouds using warm peachy tones.
|As always working down and from the background to foreground
so I can get the edges nice and clean. Here I’m layering in the
shadow tones first and filling in the yellow.
|I’ve then added the highlights to the pinwheel which gives it
the feeling of light hitting it.
|All pinwheels done, onto the landscape which I want to keep
loose and vibrant.
|Working my way to the foreground I’m using very few colours
in this landscape and trying to leave it loose.