So - I decided to get a blank canvas out and throw some paint around. When I do this type of work (i.e. no clue what I want to paint but I want to paint something), I force myself to use whatever brush or color paint I pick up and there's no covering up the design. My rule is "What gets put on the canvas stays on the canvas." This is intuitive painting -- there are no mistakes!
I took some photos of my progress and am sharing what it's like to do one of these "fantasy house" paintings and the steps I go through. This painting is most likely about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way finished. Here's the evolution of this 48" x 30" painting thus far:
|Blank 48" x 30" canvas|
|Background wash with Caran d'Ache house outlines|
|Playing with my favorite "circle" brush|
|Adding some "x's" to go with the "o's"|
|Trying to establish some balance with the shapes|
|Painting colors on top of colors and filling in the houses|