|Rough in Pencil stage|
With every painting it all has to start somewhere. But even before I get to the point of drawing on the canvas. Many hours of work have already been invested in the painting.
I've got to decide first on what I want to paint
With this painting I knew it was going to be a Wildlife painting. I've been wanting to paint another Elk too. So I started thinking about Elk and their environments. I watch videos on YouTube of Elk in the wild. I also knew that this painting will be put up for Auction in Price Utah, so some place in Utah. When I would talk to people about this painting, I would tell them about the Elk then I kept saying it will be in the Uintas somewhere. So it is going to be an Elk in the Uintas. Also after talking with a guy I work with at the Provo Temple. I told Him I wanted some type of fury small animal hidden in the rocks up front in the lower right corner. We tossed ideas around of various animals, weasel, ferret, wolverine, marmot, wood chuck and so on. Then he came up with the idea of a wolf. I suggested not up front being too large an animal there, but in the back ground, hidden in the trees. So now I've got an Elk and a Wolf. Having the Wolf will add a bit of tension and excitement to my painting's Narrative. But I still need a small animal in front. So after pondering about it, I came up with a Female Grouse and a nest of eggs.
Now that I know who, what and where it is time to do research into those areas.
- Knowledge about the subject: history, location, structure, anatomy and so on
- Plein Air
- Reference photos, both on site and internet
- Early sketches
|The are sketches from an earlier post|
|Couple of oil studies of Elk with different painting techniques|
- What size
- What am I going to paint it on
- Time of day
- Direction of the lighting
- What will be the narrative of the painting
- What over all feeling am I looking for
- What two main colors will be represented in the painting
Meditation / letting all this information just sit and Stew
Hours spent just sitting and/or laying on my back thinking about and visualizing all the various elements of the painting. This is the goal setting part of the painting. If I don't know where I'm going how will I get there or know when I've arrived.
Once all this is done and I've rough the painting in I'm finally onto the next stage, Inking.