seven-step creative process
The most important step before all steps occurs when the spirituality of a moment connects with creativity.
This one happened for me on a hiking trail. There have been many such moments, but what made this one special was the visceral joy that I experience when faced with an especially lyrical composition.
Step 1 - Yellow imprimatura and a gestural block-in of dark areas with transparent red oxide. The canvas is 16x20 and I am using a #18 flat brush and heavy-body acrylic paint. I will only switch to a slightly smaller flat brush (#14) for the very last step.
Step 2 - Going darker in the darkest-dark areas with diox purple. Same brush, same gestural technique. Adding dry-brush strokes to suggest the direction of branches. This is important because of the overall design that inspired in the first place.
Step 3 - Adding medium values and cool colors. The blue is a mix of pthalo blue, diox purple, and titanium white. The green is a mix of pthalo blue, cad yellow, and transparent red oxide. The strokes follow the design. The blue in this photo is overly vibrant.
Step 4 - Taming the overly vibrant blue with a red-violet made from the diox purple, transparent red oxide and titanium white.
Step 5 - Vibrant green makes the composition pop. It's the same green I made in step 3 with the addition of more cad yellow.
Step 6 - The addition of light blue helps deepen the background and soften the shadows in the foreground while reinforcing the design. It's the same blue from step 3 plus more titanium white.
Step 7 - It's the time for adding the lightest lights: a mix of transparent red oxide and titanium white in the sunlit path, cad yellow in the sunlit mosses and foliage, pure titanium white in a few lightest spots around the trees to suggest the sunrays.
|The Spirit of Forest, original painting by TatjanaMirkov-Popovicki|
At this point, more details can be added with a smaller brush and some areas could use a cleanup. For now, I let it be. I'll revisit it at a later time.
I hope you enjoyed this post. You can try out the same process or come up with a different one to capture in paint your own moment of awe.
Thank you for reading!