My Art in the Making
This stage is all about placing in the major shapes; that’s why I like to simplify and only get the necessary shapes down first.
With this stage, I’m looking for ways to tie the three planes together: background, mid-distance and foreground.
The trickiest part of this painting is the posts and shapes in the right-hand foreground area. I like to try to incorporate triangular shapes into my painting if it’s possible; notice the shadow areas of the steps.
Final Painting Portsea Summer Australia, oil, 12 x 10" (30 x 25 cm)
Most of the hard work has been done; I’m now able to judge which edge to soften or strengthen, and by doing this I’m able to direct the viewer to the most interesting shapes.