February 15, 2012

Figurative Painting by Donna MacDonald

9x 12 Oil Sold

We were in the Bahamas a few years ago and snapped the photo reference for this painting. I had recently read, can't remember where, that there are 3 phases when painting, Analytical, Creative, then Analytical again. This was definitely an AHA moment for me.

During the first phase I spend a long time doing thumbnail sketches, trying to come up with good design and colour scheme; sometimes doing a colour sketch as well. Then once my brush hits the canvas my creative side comes into play. My best work is done when I no longer look at the reference but instead analyze what it is that the painting "needs". (the 3rd phase) The reference then becomes just a jumping off point.


Karen Bruson said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Love the warm tones.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Donna MacDonald said...

Thanks Karen for your kind words. I appreciate you stopping by.