When it comes to turning our photographs into paintings, how can we improve the odds for a successful painting by strengthening the composition? There are few steps I take when deciding on composition, no matter what the subject is. I apply these steps to landscapes, city scenes, interiors, still lifes, pet portraits, and even abstract art. Not only can these steps inform the compositions we create, they can also shed light on our personal artistic strengths and proclivities.
I will illustrate these concepts using a variety of my own photographs, walking you through the steps. Then we will do the same thing using your own photographs.
Materials & Agenda:
Please bring 3-5 photos that you are interested in painting. Un-cropped if possible. These may be on a digital device such as a phone or tablet, or printed photographs.
Bring a sketchbook and your favorite sketching utensil(s) to develop a variety of thumbnail sketches.
Time permitting, we will translate at least one thumbnail sketch into a monochromatic painting sketch. I use oil paints, and I like to use a Transparent Red Earth (or burnt sienna) AND Ultramarine blue for these sketches. You bring your preferred colors and media. * Feel free to bring all the colors in your palette, but there may not be time to use them as the focus will be on composition.
For the monochromatic sketch, bring a few standard sizes of canvas, panel, or paper suitable for painting, such as 8×10″, 9×12″, 11×14″ or square. If needed, we will crop your surface using tape.