This video explains the beginning stages of a large painting and the 4 small steps I take before painting.
Two smaller canvases, when combined are called a diptych (you knew that...). Even though the overall surface is larger, I use the same principles when painting smaller. Let me explain my thoughts behind this beginning piece.
The CONCEPT. The BIG IDEA. This image is part of a series - retired circus artists sitting on a sofa, reflecting when they were the center of attention.
The COMPOSITION. This design composition is asymmetrical, or off-balance. Shows a lot going on one side and something really small way on the other side.
COLOR. Using my Goof-Proof Color Wheel, I choose 4 colors of Holbein Artist Acrylics. The dominant is Marigold. Blue is the focal point. Violet and Green add the spice.
Now this is only the beginning stage - This painting will change as I work on it. I am only one way - start your painting your way - try bigger, using some of these tips!
But wait - There's more! Keep watching the video and I will answer a question that I hear often - "How do I get rid of dirty paint water?"
So, this is what works for me, and might be an idea that works for you too!
Dirty Water Down the Drain!
I live in the country on farm land. Our dirty water (gray water) from the laundry and shower drains into the fields. My acrylic paint buckets are also filtered into the open field. The operative word is filtered - This is what you can easily do, especially if you live with environmentally sensitive plumbing issues.
Pantyhose! (I can't believe I'm writing this!) Yep - place a pair of pantyhose in a bucket with holes drilled in the bottom of the bucket. Place the bucket over your sink and pour the used paint water thru the pantyhose. Only water is filtered thru the pantyhose and down the drain. The acrylic paint stays behind. The pantyhose will last a long time and possibly will keep the neighbors talking just as long!
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