8/8/10 I put a light gray tone over the entire canvas using acrylic. I start by locating the 1/3 points horizontally and vertically, then sketch in the scene with charcoal, trying mainly to locate the major shapes.
|Charcoal sketch over acrylic tone|
My first idea is to block in the major masses with acrylic, then finish with oils, but before long, I'm beginning to think I may stick with acrylic all the way. This is a painting that offers a lot of opportunity for glazing and acrylic is wonderful for that. I haven't done an acrylic painting in more than a year...probably closer to two, so it's off to the art store for some missing colors and to replace those tubes that have dried into lumps. A couple of brushes won't hurt either. By the end of the first session, this is where I am.
|End of first session|
|Corrections noted in charcoal|
I block in the new changes and begin to darken areas of the painting. Such a long way still to go. It's at this point in a painting that I begin to feel like I am wandering without a clue. It's tempting to move on to something else, but I'll push on.
|End of third session. What a mess!|