How To Paint To Paint A Painting? Step Five: Warm-up Paintings.

warm Up

Before a basketball player goes out and plays a game, they warm up.  The same is true for most artists.

Before starting on a painting for the day, I will paint on at least a few warm up paintings.  Some of these I will post on Twitter and Facebook when I’m done  But some of them I re-gesso and work again because I am not happy with the outcome. An art teacher of mine, Robert Burridge has often said of warm-up paintings “Many are created, few are chosen.”

Normally I do my warm up paintings on watercolor paper, which has been treated to accept acrylic paint.  Sometimes I also do small canvas paintings as well.

Some days I play with color combinations.  Other days my attention is more the focus of light and dark values within the painting.  There have been times in my work that I have spent days simply doing warm up paintings in order to better understand a new color combination.  Before taking that new color group to a larger painting.

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