Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Getting Past the White of the Canvas or How to Start a Painting

It is often said that getting past the white of the canvas is the most difficult part of starting a painting. 

With two art shows for the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge coming up quickly ("All Critters Great and Small" at 2nd Helpings Gallery in April; and "Life Along Route 11" at the Arts Depot in May), I have been starting many paintings.  

Several landscapes have been on the work table and easel for the "Life Along Route 11" art show.  Just drawing the landscape out, especially on a larger canvas, does not give me quite enough information to decide if any changes need to be made to the design.  

(Detail from "Peak Color" by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner for the "Life Along Route 11 Art Show)

Using acrylic inks is an easy and fast way to cover the canvas.  As the colors are added in basic color shapes, the proportions become clear to see.   Changes are simple and quick.

The ink also flows into all the textures covering all the little spots of white that can remain when using thicker acrylic paint.

(acrylic inks are added to the layers and structures in the landscape)

A final tip for using acrylic inks is to test (or use an acrylic spray) before painting on top with acrylic as some inks will lift or bleed.  

Now it is time to get back in the studio to finish up all the new works.  See you soon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  

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