Monday, January 3, 2011

Steps in Creating "Fleeting Beauty"

The first step of my process is to paint a detailed grisaille (gray) underpainting, over which I then apply layer upon layer of very thin, color glazes of oil paint.

The process of glazing is a simple one, once learned, and it offers the painter the opportunity to deal with one of the three dimensions of color--value-- independently of the other two dimensions, hue and chroma. Doing this allows me to work upon different aspects of a painting as separate units of concentration, and it becomes a very predictable, and enjoyable method of painting.