I’m not very good at remembering to take photos of my work in progress. However I’m pleased to say that I made a special effort with this painting to capture some of the stages of development. This isn’t a formula on how I paint all my pictures, but it does show you my thought process and a few techniques. I hope you enjoy.
Creating Bedruthan Steps Sunset Sky
Although I work in a mix of acrylic, oil and enamels I would say that my base or go-to medium is acrylic; it’s flexible, quick drying and less expensive than the other two mediums.
I used to work around a painting, filling in the bits that I’m working on leaving a white space until I’m ready for that section of the painting. However I found that I ended up with lots of little good bits of painting that didn’t really fit together. So now, I like to fill the canvas with a colour in the first 5 minutes!
At this stage I start doing a lot of pushing and pulling with the painting, adding in layers
Here is the final piece – with a lot of back and forth I’m finally happy with how it sits together. I like the orange highlights in the sky – it’s very much a sky scape with a bit of horizon to anchor the piece.