Monday, October 27, 2014

Working from Studies - Making of "The Overlook"

I have somehow gathered the courage to sit in front of my computer and write a new blog post.  It's been so long that it feels like my first post ever.  Anyway, jokes apart..I wanted to talk a bit about my painting process.  Here is a painting that I had been contemplating for months, but somehow never brought it to my canvas.  I painted the scene several times in my head, but there was always something missing.
Ref photo 1
Ref photo 1

Last week I just couldn't resist my itch to paint this scene that had completely taken over my mind and decided to come up with a composition.

Step 1.
After spending a few hours...I came up with a sketch that inspired me to go ahead and paint it.   Yes !!  It all starts with a sketch or rather many sketches.  Sketching is a very important stage in the painting process for me, It helps me to plan ahead of time.  That way I do not waste my time figuring out elements of my composition while I'm painting.

Step 2.
As you can see the 2 reference photos are very different.  I liked the mountain in the 1st, the lighting in 2nd, the trees from 1st., the overall composition from 2nd....and the list goes on. Now since I was referring to 2 different photographs, it was imperative for me to come up with a small study to understand how my lighting would work.  So I made a small 6x8 to better understand my composition and light.
A 6x8 study 

Step 3.
At this point I was only referring to my study. I retained the overall feel of my study in the larger piece with a few changes like, cooling my the shadows a little more.  I cannot express how much the study helped me.  It was a little time consuming and I was tempted several times to indulge into going bigger without gathering enough study/reference material.
Lesson learned....Slowing down in the initial stages, saves critical time later.  
So this turns out to be the most exciting stage after having done all the homework on the composition. Paint...Paint...Paint.... till you get it right !.. :)

Here are a few pictures I took along the way...  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you had a good read.  We can keep in touch over Facebook & Twitter


"The Overlook" 16x20 oil on canvas