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.