- Loosely sketch in large, simple shapes
- Loosely block in average color and value of each shape
- Compare and adjust relationships between shapes: value, hue, chroma, shape outline
- Note major dark accents and major light highlights
- Add color variations (not value, but hue and chroma only) within each shape
- Refine shape edges as needed (e.g. sky holes, value shifts at edge to soften, negative space adjustments).
- Finish with working in the third dimension and adding surface texture with thicker paint or pastel
When I paint this way, detail just "seems to happen" because the hand is not a machine, and not all strokes are as precise and unerring as we would like. The stroke slides left, slides right, sometimes crossing the centerline - sort of how I drive!
Here are two painting demonstrations, both 9x12 oils, that I did on Minister's Island. For each of these, I consciously thought of the process I outlined during the evening.
"Covenhoven Servant Quarters" 9x12, oil/panel
"Minister's Cottage" 9x12, oil/panel