Creating a quality painting is much like writing a great novel, or composing a moving piece of music, each begins with an idea. The idea may be fully formed, but just as often may begin with nothing more than a kernel of an idea, which when developed, can become something significant.
Usually, when beginning a new work, my idea/concept is not fully formed, but in fact evolves throughout the painting process. When painting on location my main objective is to faithfully represent the scene, however, in the studio the mindset is quite different. It’s there that I have time to contemplate the subject, (referring to plein air studies and/or photographs), decide what’s important to me, add some imagination, and take the painting in that direction. For most of us when we paint en plein air, or when we stop to take a photograph, we have already declared the subject to be worthy of our time and consideration. The next step is to figure out ‘why’.
I went through every one of these steps during the creation of At the Edge of Town. The following photos reveal the process, while the videos answer the ‘why’, and provide much more detail concerning motivation, drawing, technique, and framing.
Here’s the final video that sums it all up. I talk about changes made, the reasons behind them, how the idea evolved and what was done to clarify it, and finally I discuss the importance of framing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following the creation of this painting. Thanks for your interest.