Developing an Idea

The first idea. But it needs development . . . .

The second idea is better, but the light valued shape does

nothing for the figure.

The third idea is better . . .much better, but needs simplifying to say more about the figure.

Finally, the figure is set into the right value structure to bring all the attention on it. After all, this isn’t about the surrounding scenery. It is all about the mood of the figure.

“Decisions, Decisions”

oil on linen on panel, 10″ x 8″


11 thoughts on “Developing an Idea”

  1. Hi Mike,

    I love the simplicity and design in ‘Decisions, Decisions’
    The pose shows the contemplative nature of the figure and the colors reflect a sense of moodiness and ambiguity.
    I like the edgy and crisp brushwork as well.

  2. You are welcome, Sil. I think the thought / sketching process is more important than the actual painting. This is one process that I try and try and try to get students to do with little results.
    And, as usual,thanks for your supportive comments.

  3. Jennifer! Thanks for coming by! I think your work is some of the best I have seen . . .no kidding! As for the ‘edgy’ brushwork, I just can’t get away from that . . .gotta be looser with it, but for the life of me, I am puzzled by it.

  4. this is amazing!!! It is one of my favorites…I love paintings with people. also thank you for sharing your value sketches with us, I have been incorporating it with my work and it is a great excercise.

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