Looking Up - Blocked In
Earlier in this blog I posted a sketch of my idea for this painting. It is on a 40" H by 30" W canvas. I used a block by block transfer of the image onto the canvas. Next I block in the painting with thin acrylic paints. I have added, removed and changed some things already.
I do this to audition the colors, values and placement of the design. I mostly like it. It will change. I already decided to bring the blue figure in the lower left corner into the green more. I think it will balance the upper right area better.
I will do more blending, different colors when I switch to oils. The acrylics dry faster and are easier to quickly slap onto the canvas. At this stage I do not want to spend too much time on applying the layer of color. I think of this as just another step of transferring the idea from paper to canvas. Only with the next step do I consider myself creating the painting. However, if for some reason a small portion of this layer does show through, it will just blend in to the finish product.
Now for the fun part!