Saturday, November 27, 2010

3 Stages of a Painting


mid point

beginning underpainting

Here you see three stages of a painting today. The bottom photo shows my initial ideas and the set up of value and color harmony with the underpainting. I was interested in the warm yellow/gold/orange colors with the green/blue/violets. These complements really create a buzz for me.

The middle photo shows the first applications of pastel. In this stage I try to get the flow of the painting to go right. I correct what feels clumsy or harsh and start to set up what will be the areas of most interest.

The top photo shows what I think is the final version. I am careful not to go too far, and it's possible that I will add more later after it rests. My first look tomorrow will be the most telling.

Lewis River
18 x 24
pastel on Wallis Museum


Celeste Bergin said...

I really LOVE this---it looks like the water that is churned from a boat motor...the different unexpected colors are fantastic! One of your best!

SamArtDog said...

You paint water like a nymph. You make it seem familiar and strange all at once. Amazing!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

This is lovely, Katherine. I always enjoy seeing an artist's painting progression. Your wonderful color choices make this piece especially enjoyable on a winter day!