Let’s Achieve Something Great Together 4 – Fleshing Out

The beginning stages of establishing forms in paint is called ‘fleshing out’. I try to remember to apply the paint quite loosely and freely without being overly concerned with detail, which comes later. It’s a similar process to carving in sculpture, where you start with a block of material and then carve out large chunks that become smaller and smaller as the sculpture is increasingly refined. This all depends on what you are trying to achieve with your finished image. Due to the scale of this piece I projected my reference photograph onto my canvas to help get the right proportions when fleshing out. My current work utilises monochrome with a flourish of colour, either orange or blue, but for this painting I will be using red. Limiting my colour palette was a decision I took about a year ago in order to really focus on my composition and establish a process whereby I could gradually introduce colour over time, should I choose to.

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