Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Painting's Progress

It is often difficult to remember to document the progress of a painting. You are usually immersed in the work.  Occasionally tho' I like to see where I have been so here is one of my recent paintings in three stages.

In the first stage I establish shapes and where the darkest dark, and lightest lights, are.

Arley Farm - initial underpainting
Next I add more colour and drawing with my brush.

Finally I refine the whole and do it with plenty of paint on the brush.  I like a 'juicy' surface.

Mind you, I usually get to the end and prefer one of the stages that came before, but I guess lots of us have this problem.

I think the end reult is a little green but, hey, it's been raining here for weeks and everything is green, and growing.  It's a battle to negotiate your way through the grass and mud.


  1. Lovely work, Jo.
    I love the aerial viewpoint and the light you've managed to capture.
    I think the green communicates the verdancy you speak of and is ably offset with the other well chosen colours.

  2. I just enjoy your work so much, you are so brave with your brush, I wish I had that.

  3. Lovely to see the process of your work.
    Your colors are strong and your brushstroke very expressive.

  4. Wow, it's so great to see the painting develop.... much like adjusting my binoculars and then everything comes into focus. I also love the aerial view.

  5. I'm with ArtPropelled...I love seeing how you "built" your painting! Seeing what's underneath the final is exciting. Love the final results as well!

  6. Hello Jo. I came here via your comment on The Altered Page today. Had a feeling even before I clicked that you were from Oz! I'm in Brisbane. I love your work and I especially like that you post pictures of your progress here. I can certainly relate to your comment about the luxuriant growth! Jo (another one)

  7. This is so interesting - thanks for sharing a bit of your process ....and I love the unusual perspective!

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  8. This is great! I've never seen the progress of a painting before! I'm the founder and owner of the online art community called Global Art Net. I like your artwork very much and would like to invite You to join our community. You can promote your artwork/services free and meet some new friends!

    Look forward to see You at Global Art Net.
    Best wishes!

  9. It's been nearly a month since I've been here, and I feel SO ashamed, especially since I LOVE your art. I could see the overhead as soon as you showed it. The lights and darks were so obviously what I might see from an airplane, it took me immediately into the painting. I know what you mean by liking one of the previous stages over the completed piece. Of course, with your art, you could have stopped after the first stage and I would have loved it.

  10. Love this piece...Wonderful post. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.It can be such a inspiration looking at all of the wonderful art out their...Have a great weekend.