|Brambles Study, 11x14, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
Here is a very quick (1h) acrylic sketch with step by step snapshots that capture the painting process. This was painted from a photo displayed on my computer screen, without any preliminary drawings, thumbnails etc. This is a quick and joyful way of painting, perfect for trying out patterns and compositions in preparation for a larger piece. Aside from having great fun, another good thing about this approach is that you end up with these fresh small pieces which are little darlings all by their own.
Step 1 - Transparent red oxide imprimatura and a gestural block-in of dark shapes with diox purple. I use a large flat brush for this step.
Step 2 - Adding gestural block-in with a mid-value green mixture.
Step 3 - Repeat the same approach with mid-value mixtures of earthy yellow and red
Step 4 - Block in the blues in the background to suggest the sea, sky, and distant coastline
Step 5 - Switch to a medium-sized flat brush and reinstate the dark areas, add details - branches, foreground texture etc.
Step 6 - Add sunlit areas - lights in the bark, grasses, leaves, using light mixtures of gray, green, orange, yellow. Keep reinstating darks and adding details.
This was quick. I am ready for the next one!