I've been meaning to show something like this to you for a while....Ever wondered how a painter goes about turning an empty canvas into an original work of art? Here's your chance to have a little insight into my process!
Recently I've completed a commission of Croyde Bay in North Devon, and during it's creation I attempted to capture all of the various stages just for you.
Please note this is just to show the painting bit. Lots of research and communication with my customer (to decide on colours for example) happened before I made a start on the actual painting.
Stage one: pencil to mark out composition and texture paste for rock formations.
Stage two: once texture paste is dry splatter vibrant acrylic all over rock formations!
Stage three: Acrylic underpainting for sea and sky. Note all warm colours used here. Each layer has a purpose even if it gets mostly covered up - these warm colours will glow through the cooler blues and greys, adding warmth to what would otherwise be a cool piece (in reference to colour!)
Stage four: Adding the beautiful blues! Still acrylics and acrylic inks used here for colour blocking and adding the dark areas of the sea and sky. This is useful for an underpainting that will be finished with oils, because with oils it's best to work from dark to light (i.e. paint in the dark areas first). It's the opposite to painting with watercolours.
Stage five: Adding really dark areas to sea and foreground rocks. And the strips of collage go on too. For this piece I used text from a story about Croyde in the North Devon Journal.
Stage six: My favourite bit! The oil paints go on...here I can start to focus on the details of cloud formations in the sky, the waves, the rocks, and finally the spray crashing against the rocks.
And here's the finished piece: 'Of Salt and Sea', mixed media on deep canvas, 24 x 20 inches.
Once touch dry I varnish the painting with retouching varnish. This allows the oils to oxidise and dry completely, whilst protecting the painting and giving a unified finish.
The sides are painted white and I add a hanging kit to all of my canvases, so the painting can be hung with or without a frame.
I sign my paintings with subtle colours in the bottom right corner. I also sign, date and name the piece on the back of the canvas.
Hope you found that insightful! Will try to get a time-lapse video done in the future.
In the meantime if you have any questions simply email me at email@example.com
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh