Making A Painting, (part 2)
This is Part 2 of a series. It’s important to view Part 1 first to see the progression.
I tend to think of this method as “sneaking up” on the painting. I make a mosaic of strokes,(pixels, if you will),which gradually cover most of the surface of the canvas. I try to allow bits of the ground color show through at the interstices between some strokes and provide a unifying tone or color key overall.
The further the painting progresses the slower and more specific the changes become,with loosely drawn passages becoming more defined.The idea is to work from big to small,modulating and correcting as you go.Some areas,(here ,the sky), are given smoother gradations to improve flow.
When I feel as if I’m about 90% done, I like to let the painting “rest” for a few days. Previously unperceived problems are easier to see with a fresh eye. This painting will get a bit more tweaking, but it’s time to step back for a time.