I begin by finding a site, something that I can visualize as a painting, select a focus, the remainder of the painting will be painted in relationship to the focus so as to direct the viewer to the focus or center of interest. Then I loosely arrange in my mind the elements on the painting surface, the composition.
Next I begin the painting by loosely painting in the major shapes in a linear fashion. Then I begin the masses by painting in a large known quantity, usually the sky, painting from back to front, background to foreground, thin in the shadows, thick in the light and leaving details for the last stages.
To elaborate on this process, watch the video below as I identify my location and demonstrate some of the techniques I refer to above.
Upcoming OPA Events
OPA Summer 2015 Online Showcase
Begins: June 1, 2015
OPA Summer 2015 Online Showcase is open to Associate OPA members from June 1 to August 15, 2015.
OPA 2015 Western Exhibition
Begins: August 7, 2015
The OPA 2015 Western Exhibition will be held at the Wild Horse Gallery, in Steamboat Springs, CO from August 7 – September 7, 2015.
Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition at New York’s Salmagundi Club
Begins: September 17, 2015 Deadline: June 1, 2015
The first-ever Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition is to be held at the prestigious Salmagundi Club, one of America’s oldest art clubs located in the heart of New York City.
OPA 2015 Juried Salon Show
Begins: October 8, 2015
The OPA 2015 Juried Salon Show will be held at Beverly McNeil Gallery, in Birmingham, AL from October 8 to November 5, 2015.
OPA 2015 Eastern Exhibition
Begins: November 6, 2015
The OPA 2015 Eastern Exhibition will be held at Eckert & Ross Fine Art, in Indianapolis, IN from November 6 to December 5, 2015.