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Armageddon, Wendy Brydge, 2012

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a 4 part examination, studying the making of my painting, “Armageddon”. In Parts 1-3, we will assess my “7 P’s of Painting”, and Part 4 will explore the symbolic representation of the work.

This blog study will be broken down into the following posts:

Part 1: Planning, Prep and Polish

Part 2: A Work in Progress

Part 3: Pause, Particulars and Push

Part 4: Symbolic Representation


My 7 P’s of Painting are: Planning, Prep, Polish, Progress, Pause, Particulars and Push.


Here is an overview of what each of these steps of the painting entails:

Planning —> an initial idea, expanded with details and research

Prep —> deciding on designs, and sketching each component of the piece

Polish —> finalizing sketched components, arranging the final composition, sizing the finished design and laying out your template to be transferred

Progress —> the process of painting; any additions or subtractions to the design

Pause —> stopping momentarily to assess what you’ve finished and what is left to be done

Particulars —> make your final additions to the piece; be certain you’ve included all necessary elements; have you missed any details; can the painting benefit from anything else

Push —> the end is in sight, and now you need one final push to get it done; make your final adjustments and commit to “finishing” the piece — once that signature goes on, the painting is complete, no going back to make changes, so be sure before you sign it

Note: Not making any changes to the piece after it’s been signed is my own personal “Golden Rule”. Even just looking at the painting right now, I can think of different things I could have done or I’d now like to do. If you don’t give yourself a set cut off signal, you’ll never finish anything.


Next time: Part 1: Planning, Prep and Polish —-> I’ll walk you through the primary steps of creating a painting, including pictures of sketches, design work and notes.