Instead of taking a piece of my painting process and blogging about it, though I’d take one painting from the start to finish.
It’s taken me many years to come up an order, a chain of events, a way to get my head in the right place to create something that feels good to me.
First comes the choice of subject. Below is what I’ll be working with. This is a very personal thing. The reason I chose this is it has several things I’m drawn to.
- A sense of casual ease
- Cool tones
Now starts the problem solving . The first thing is evaluating the composition. There needs to be more space above her head, so what do I fill that space with? Going back to the original photo shoot, searching for a shot from this angle with more tree showing….bingo, found this photo.
Time to take both photos into Photoshop for some reworking. There are several easy ways to do this which I won’t go into, but knowing your way around Photoshop is a handy skill to have.
This is a little rough around the edges, you can see where I cloned some bushes to the lower right and have some hard edges at the top, but I can surely work with this in the painting. The balance of things is looking much better. The final test is to place the photo within a dynamic symmetry grid. If you’re not familiar with this, here’s one below.
- The outside dimensions are the same as the painting.
- Divided in half lengthwise and crosswise.
- Divided diagonally from corner to corner.
- Lines are projected from the corners which are 45 degrees to the diagonals.
- Additional lines can be dropped where diagonals meet horizontals and verticals and horizontals cross verticals.
- Wherever multiple lines cross there is an eye, a prime place for important information.
In the next post I show you what I’m looking for as I place her inside the grid.