Can you imagine what it would be like if we lived in a world of only black and white?
Color adds vibrancy and beauty to everything. It is the next thing to consider as I begin to paint. Having a clear idea how to proceed with a painting is crucial to accomplishing the painting.
When choosing colors for a painting, you need to consider your ‘palette’. A palette is a selection of colors that you use in the painting. Will the colors be warm, such as red, orange and yellows, or cool as in greens and blues? Also in choosing the color red, will it be a ‘warm red’ or a ‘cool red’? There are many hues for the color red. The colors chosen for a painting will reflect the mood of the painting. All of that thought goes into the process of beginning to paint.
red – cool red – warm red
Looking at ‘the fairy’ I felt that the two primary colors are green and red (in simple terms). The background is ‘green’ and the flower is ‘red’, which is its compliment. That would balance out most of the color in the image. These same concepts can be applied, whether you are painting a portrait, a landscape or a room in your home.
Another question that comes to mind as I look at the white canvas is what to paint first. Many times I begin with the background, as it is the ‘subject’ that is furthest away as I view the scene. At this point, I am not sure of the exact color of the background, so I will paint the flower first. I want the background soft, without detail, and I want to include colors that are within the flower and fairy in my background. Although I considered the palette from which I would paint, the creative part of painting is changing your mind (a little) and watching the image as it comes to life before you, adding or subtracting, as you view the forms within the reference.
Viewing forms: Each part of an image has a ‘form’. To get a likeness of the fairy and the flower I need to look at each ‘form’ separately.
I also need to decide the ‘style’ of painting. Will my painting be whimsical or realistic? A realistic image has much more detail and takes longer to paint. As I begin ‘the fairy painting’ I choose to paint somewhat realistic. If ‘the fairy’ wants the finished painting, she might appreciate it if she could see the likeness of herself. Also, if the details are too small to paint ‘realistically’ I may end up with a more whimsical style.
I will cross that bridge as I come to it.
As you can see I have completed the flowers on top of the fairy, and have only blocked in the flowers to the left and below the image. This has been a slow process, to capture color, form and detail. I will not post again until the flower and background are finished. Also, you might want to note that the petal directly behind the fairy’s head is not complete. That is because I have decided to change the fairy’s hairstyle.