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Painting Process

The Creation of a Painting

Over the years I have experimented with many different methods and materials. I have gradually discarded those that don't work so well for me, and kept those that do. It's been a process of trial and error, but aided by my years of schooling in art through college and, more importantly, tips and advice from my father. The following describes the creation of most of my work but is not intended to be all inclusive.   

Generally I start with stretcher bars and a piece of canvas. I now normally stretch my own canvases. Once the canvas is ready, I put it on my easel in my studio. Then I will lightly pencil out the composition. The source of the composition could be from photographs I have taken; it could be a single photograph, or a combination of elements from multiple photos. I like to use photos that I've taken myself, because then I've been there and know the spot. That makes it easier to put personal emotion into the painting. Sometimes I won't use photos, and instead rely on memory alone. At times I will design a painting, sort of creating my own scene from my imagination. Sometimes a painting will be a mixture of all of the above.

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