Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How It Begins.

 The start of a new painting... pencil on gessoed illustration board (Crescent 100.3)...

If I work on canvas, I usually draw the contours with a brush and thinned oil mixture of transparent maroon and ultramarine.  But since illustration board is so conducive to pencil, I went with the more controllable medium.  One concern I have when painting over a pencil base is there can be a tendency to preserve the lines and hold them as sacred, resulting in a tight painting.  I'm going to make a concerted effort to use them as guides and make intuitive and spontaneous strokes.  Using larger brushes often helps with this effort.

Next step: oil.

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