New painting prep

My newest painting, White Ballon, is the standard size for me, 40″ x 54.”

The drawing is simple–really the plan for the painting. I define the shapes and clarify the relationships between objects: light on dark, light on light, light on dark and light, etc. For large paintings like this, it’s immensely helpful to address these elements before I start painting. Since the surface will be entirely covered with paint, it’s pointless to push the drawing farther.

For my first painting session, I pre-mixed colors for the red areas. When the painting is really large I take pains to preserve the pre-mixed color so I can use it over several days. 

There are 10 figures (not including the dog) in White Balloon.

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