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The purpose of this page is to help any of you who are interested how to visualize how a painting can develop from the subject matter in the 'real' world to the final product, an improvement to the 'real' world.


This is the photo of the subject. I painted the wall a more muted colour and closer to the tone I wanted. Having a setup right up tight to a white or brightly coloured wall is too distractive, keep the large areas relatively neutral if your vision doesn't include the wall as it actually is.





This is the drawing. You can see that the drawing has added to it elements that the subject doesn't have, such as the wall being cut off on the right hand side. You see other changes that more approximate the artist's vision as the painting progresses.








Here is the painting as it is getting started. Since this is a tone painting, the only colour is raw umber, and two whites, lead and titanium, and a black, but I forget which one I used.








This is the final painting. You can see how the artist varied the 'real' world to fit his own world, how he wanted it to look, not the way the 'real' world told him how it should look.








This painting was made for two reasons;

1. to show you just how far you can go using only tones, no colours

2. how the artist can change the image to suit his own vision, and is not enslaved  by  the so-called 'real' world.



Here are a series of images to show you how a rough sketch can evolve. If you haven't seen the video demo on doing the rough sketch, you should probably see it first. It can be found here.


Rough Sketch video


 This is the very beginning of the rough sketch. As you can see there is absolutely no attempt to be accurate at this stage, that comes later. First you need to get all the lines down so you can begin to fit them together the way you want to, and that step is alongggg way off.







 This is still in the rough sketch stage, but more and more is getting put into the sketch, still, no attempt at any accuracy, just getting things down first.








 ditto ... notice the differences from the previous sketch ...
















The above illustrations are still in the rough sketch stage, but now we are getting into some of the smaller areas, getting them in, but still not concerned with any accuracy. If you compare the various images, you can see where the sketch is evolving ...










... more evolving ... until the rough sketch was done, and then used the various tools to get the drawing exactly how i wanted it ... and then like the fool I often resist, I decided to do something different!

Abstraction is difficult to teach someone, since abstraction is so personal. But, you can show others how to begin so they can then work out their own vision, abstract the subject the way they want it to be; this is well covered in the workbook but I don't know if I have put any effort into explaining how to go about doing it anywhere on this website, so, rather than have fun just doing a painting, I decided to shift gears and abstract this one, and keep a record of it so I could show you all. Keep in mind, this is just a way about 'seeing', and you would definitely 'see' it differently than anyone else on this or any other planet.

First, a short video:

My Painting video.mpg

So, now you have an idea 'what' I'm looking at and why I'm making the changes that follow. What I'm doing is I'm taking elements of the subject and changing them into what I want, not what the 'real' world attempts to dictate. There are lines I want to shift around a bit because it's fun, and melding shapes into one another, because it's fun ... Some lines run into other lines; some line are put in to join up two shapes even though there is no line in the subject that does that ...

I did do other videos, but ... the video was great, unfortunately, the sound was turned off.










There are many stages this abstraction went through, but I'm not going to put them all here. These give the idea that I want to get across.

Now, these images were abstractions in drawing. We can abstract as well in the tones, the warms and cools, and the brush strokes, so ... now ... into the glory of colours and oil!

 The following illustrations show how the painting is evolving. If you look carefully, you'll see now the lines and tones and colours are being shifted around a bit, and lines that are obviously not in the setup are being put into the painting because they do what I want done, and ones that don't 'work', are left out.





























Here is a brief video that really shows how bright the colours actually are.


My painting in colour.mp4


That's all for now!

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