Monday, 12 November 2012

Working up…

I thought you might like to see how I work-up my paintings. I normally apply a slightly diluted wash to the paper first. It's not revolutionary – plenty of artists do it – but I find this process helps overcome that initial fear when presented with a blank piece of paper, and provides a key to work to. I then paint some of the darker areas. Subsequent opaque layers are applied in a hit-and-miss fashion, thus allowing the colour underneath to show thorough. I like the roughness of this process.

The initial washes

Sutherland storm


  1. It's actually quite nice to get a glimpse of your process and to know that I'm not the only one intimidated by blank canvas or sheet of paper. Well done!

  2. I like your technique here Paul. The orange/red wash showing through in the final painting gives it a lovely warm feeling, especially where the top paint has been used thinly in parts. Wonderful!