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The Process of Painting

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THE PROCESS OF PAINTING

FEBUARY 2016

NEW PAINTING FROM THE STUDIO

©2015 Jan Fordyce, Shifting Fragments, 36x60, oil on canvas

NEW PAINTING FROM THE STUDIO
©2015 Jan Fordyce, Circular Force, 40x60 oil on canvas

THE PROCESS OF PAINTING

As I work on the painting process I like to document the steps I take along the way. Below are some steps in a painting I am currently working on. The painting is inspired by a close-up view of water in motion creating swirls and patterns that are somewhat complicated. I was intrigued by the movement creating the patterns in an intricatedesign. As I started the painting I focused on laying out the dark overall pattern that would hold the composition together. I then started adding in the color and glazing color on top of color to build up the transparent water like quality. As you can see, the process is pretty intricate and complicated, but at the same time very mesmerizing to paint. I love getting lost in the process of painting.

STEP 1: On the left is the first step of this painting, laying in the dark values to see the overall design.


STEP 2: On the right some color is being added to the empty white spaces.

STEP 3: On the left a building up of color working from the top of the canvas down and across from right to left as the painting comes to life.


STEP 4: On the right a continuation of color and definition help the painting progress
STEPS TO GO: This painting is not  yet finished. More work is needed in many areas. Usually I spend time observing and making subtle changes for several weeks until the vision for the piece seems to be complete.
I will feature the finished painting in next month's newsletter so stay tuned!

©2015 Jan Fordyce, Spiral Ripple, 40x60, oil on canvas

Around Town
The opening of the Art of the State at the Arvada Center was a huge success! A big thanks to all who were able to come. It was great to see your smiling faces.
At times there was standing room only as the large Arts Center filled with lovers of art. 
The show will be up until March 27th. For the first three week of the show I was the in the lead for the Peoples Choice Award. If you plan to visit the show I would love to have your vote!
Arvada Center for the Arts is located at: 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, Co. 80003
Hours are: M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5

 

Ellie, the Studio Assistant critiquing a painting. What do you think she is thinking?




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