Today I had the opportunity to demonstrate my working methods for the Austin Palette Club. Many thanks y'all!
I talked about why I do quick starts and showed them how I develop a painting from a photo. I did the 30 minute start and then we took a short break before I resumed work for another half hour or so.
The second half of work was much slower. Once I have the initial block in done, I approach it more thoughtfully as I begin to modify the shapes and edges. I still haven't finished this but it's close.
Again, the idea of the quick start is to respond passionately and intuitively to my subject. I cover the canvas and block in shapes and establish value patterns working from big to small shapes keeping color and strokes loose. Once it's all in, I step back and evaluate. I slow down and work on varying my shapes. I enjoy both parts of the process immensely.
Starting fast keeps me from getting to tight and from treating each start as precious. And some of the looseness remains at the finish.
I recorded video on my phone during the demo - now I just have to learn how to convert it or edit it on my windows stuff. Stay tuned!
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