Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
North Carolina Mountains
oil on panel
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Here is an exercise that never fails to improve a painting. I call it Progressive Painting.
This involves four paintings of the same subject so be sure that you like the scene you are going to paint. The first three paintings will be 5x7-6x8 inches. The final painting will be full sized an a completed painting.
Painting 1- will be a block in only of your composition. 15 minutes
Painting 2 - You will use the first block in as a guide to what you wish to improve in the second painting. The second painting will be painted to about midway. 30 minutes
Painting 3 - A completion of the first two paintings. In this painting you will use both of the earlier paintings to decide on the best composition, brushwork and palette for a small finished work.
Painting 4- This is the painting that you take your time on and refine into a completed painting, using the earlier studies as your guide for improvement.
I have done this exercise myself and with my students for years and it is amazing to see how much better painting four is than painting one.