April 27 2014
Sky Dancer – Watch the Painting Come to Life
Sky Dancer – 16 x 20 inches. Cradled Birch Panel. SOLD
I have recently completed this new painting of a livley spirited owl. I took photos along the way of the progress of this painting and I thought everyone would like a glimpse in to the process of creating a new painting.
Draw in, then block in with some watery paint the initial image on to a toned cradled birch panel.
I begin to work on adding a background. Sometimes I do this before blocking in the layout for a painting, but this time I did this after.
I am happy with the beginning of the background. I will tweak it a little more along the way
Time to redraw the image that I have covered while painting the background
This is where I begin to sort out which areas of the painting will be seperated. I continually step back and see if I like the areas I will tone differently.
I was feeling like the background needed some more texture. After the glazeing is dry, I will go back in and repaint the tonal sections.
Refining tone in areas, simplifying shapes, ideas are continually swirling and I will begin to work out what kind of details I will add in to the owl.
Adding more glazing to the background for more depth, still blocking out areas for the detail of the owl
Adding in a few more areas for detail
Beginning to add in detail, still working out how I want to progress with the piece. Do I need areas of contrast? Do I have too much going on? Should I add color?
Adding in color, refining detail areas, does the upper half of the background need to be a bit darker?
Detail work, does it need another color in the owl? He is really developing a personality and the name for the painting comes to me. Sky Dancer!
Sky Dancer is finished! Now I let the painting cure for a couple of weeks before I apply varnish and photograph the piece for future prints. I am so happy with the painting. I always love to see how each piece comes to life and develops its own personality.
In total, I spent about 20 hours in total from start to finish.
It is always a little bitter sweet to finish a piece. But before this one is done, I have already begun the next painting in my head. Cant wait to share it with you