Today I'm going to show you how I organize my thoughts, and eventually obtain what I envision onto the canvas. Plus this is a great time to announce this year's Portland Open Studio where you can tour artist studios and observe their process. Let's begin.
I use a limited palette of primary colors to create my green, orange, and purple. The white and black helps to obtain varying light and dark hues and I always include a small amount of my secret ingredient: pthalo blue, a gorgeous warm blue. With these few pigments, I can create any color I need. This is my recipe for a cohesive painting.
I prime the canvas with a color I would like to see pop through as I paint. Salmon orange or viiolet is a favorite. This has both. In order to draw dimensionally correct, I grid my reference photo and canvas. After the sketch is complete I start painting the shapes with it's appropriate value...the light, mid tone, or darks and intuitively use color, knowing there will be layers and each color choice adds to the complexity.
Once done, I will go back into various area and start to add more layers of color, letting under colors show. The finished painting is a process of defining shapes, augmenting color with layers, and deepening values. This is the process that allows me to enter that wonderful flow where time has no meaning. This is the process of why I do what I do.
There I am... #92...
Come visit me...10am to 5pm.
October 8,9,15, & 16...2022
I will have my yellow Open Studio signs out.
3020 SW 66th Ave., Portland, 97225
I would love to show you the progress I am making on "The Moods of the River" series.
I'll have extra maps for the tour so you can see what other artists in the SW neighborhood of Portland are creating. This is always an anticipated and fun annual event.
If you are unable to attend, please feel free to pass this along to those you think may enjoy. Thank you!
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.