Friday, October 31, 2008

A Painting and a Demo

Down by the Fish House, 12 x 16

Yesterday I got to paint with some great buddies at the new barn of our friend (and incredible artist) Lisa Beaman. Another glorious day and a fabulous lunch with friends... does it get any better than that?

For my plein air students as promised (and anyone else who is interested). This is what my personal painting process looks like step by step. (Many thanks to my mentor Cassandra James, from whom I learned so much about art, and life.)

1 - Block in shapes with dark neutral (toned panel).

2 - Lay in darkest darks, correct drawing.

3 - Add color in shadow family (dark to light).

4 - Add color in light family (dark to light).

5 - Begin sky and ground plane (dark to light).
6 - Continue sky, begin clouds.
7 - Highlights in light family, lowlights in shadow family.
.8 - Final highlights, final painting.


Barbara Muir said...

Wowee Laurel,

Thanks so much for this. At about stage 6 and 7 it begins to have your
clear style -- a style I absolutely

I hope you do more demos and explanations. Incredibly great.


Amber Beaman said...

I loved reading your blog and demo. I also loved having you to my place in the country. Lets paint together again soon.


Barbara Haviland-Texas Contemporary Artist said...

Love this demo and the painting..

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to take all those photos and post them. The painting with the water is amazing, you have a gift for painting serene water. I feel peaceful just looking at them.

Laurel Daniel said...

Thanks, all of you, for your kind thoughts! I hope it's helpful. Everyone really does approach painting in their own way, it's really interesting to see how other people do it.