Sunrise Canyon Process
November 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Sunrise Canyon is part of a series of eight paintings made for a short silent film, now in production. The film is a western, so for each work in the series, I used a vivid palette that would be coherent with the theme.
Before I begin an artwork, I make loose gestural drawings and small thumbnail sketches to work out the composition. Often, I will also make small color studies to get a sense of the overall feel of a piece. I like to work out my ideas and imagery using different mediums, as I find that this type of play often leads to a better painting in the end.
For this work, I also used photoshop to make a color study mock up before I began the final painting. Working digitally has become a valuable tool for my process.
Here are two additional images from the morning that I photographed the piece. The light in the early morning here is pale and soft enough for an accurate color photograph.
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