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Anatomy of a painting

Have you ever wondered how a painting is constructed over several sessions in the studio?

I usually begin with a first coat of a colour, that I think will help visually, pull it all together. In acrylics, the first coat is often a bit rubbish, being painted directly onto the white canvas, which I can’t wait to get covered up.

Here is the first coat

Here is the first coat

In this case, I plan for the background to be dark – probably a dark blue, to represent the ‘smoke filled rooms’ of my youth, in Jazz clubs. So orange is opposite (complementary) to blue in the colour spectrum. The next step is to draw in the main outlines thus and check and double check everything.

draw in outlines

draw in outlines

Then I begin with the details, this is what takes the time, here it is, this is the magical bit, where three dimensional shapes begin to emerge from the canvas!

 

putting in some details

putting in some details

Now I continue as before, and when the details are finished, I have to decide on the background colours and textures. Don’t forget how important the shadows are! Here is what I did with this one:

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

Hope you like it! More details at Charlie Parker

This reminds me of my youth spent in jazz and folk clubs, with 20 Woodbines and half a pint of beer!  Q Can life get any better?