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My Creative Process…

by on Aug.25, 2012, under Inspiration


In this article I thought I would give you some insight into the creative process I go through to put paint on canvas.  Since I paint from life, choosing a subject for a painting is not difficult – there are so many things to paint.  Sometimes I choose a still life, where I set up the actual objects to paint.  Sometimes I want to capture light on the beach and I take a camera and study the scene for the best angles to catch the light and people to be included in the painting.lens19727381 1345928764 a  My Creative Process...

The key is to find something visually exciting and I look for bright light and dark shadow, of which there is usually an abundance where I live in Clearwater, Florida.

Once I have chosen the subject, and gotten an idea in my mind of how to arrange the images on a canvas, I start a painting by blocking out large sections, with charcoal or actual paint.  I always work on the whole painting – not painting one section at a time to perfection, but working over the entire canvas all at the same time.

While I am painting I keep in mind the masterworks of painters whose paintings I have seen and studied.  I strive to come up to their standards.

I paint the darker shapes and areas of the painting first.  The lightest tones come last.

I’m always trying to find what might be called the “homerun” light in a painting, that part of the painting where you can really smush the light on, using lots of impasto and texture.  Most people think of light as something so ethereal and lighter than air, it may seem strange that a painter has to actually paint light.  But we do.

And then an artist must know when to stop.  I step back and look at the painting often, and when I have achieved what I set out to achieve and the painting does not look overworked, I am done.

Please visit my website and have a look – I think you will enjoy the results.  www.chuckrosenthalfineart.com.


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