|12x24 value study, pastel on somerset paper|
To me a studio painting takes a lot of planning, then later, sometime in the painting, the paint takes over. and does all the deciding. You probably wonder why go through all that bother of planning when I will allow the painting to take over? I think it is because when I do all the planning, I sharpen the concept. I work so long deciding what is really important. I hopefully find the pitfalls before I land flat on my face mid-way through the painting. The composition needs to be well planned, values secure and the "color map" decided. To help me get that luminosity I crave I am now making glaze strips before I put brush to wood.
On a wonderful side note, I just learned that I once again was juried into the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Event in June. Four days of painting in beautiful western Maryland is a dream. There are many very talented artists in the group so it is always a little nerve racking. More about that later.