all artists have their way of creating work. here's mine! 

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

i start with stretcher bars and natural canvas. i use a staple gun and canvas pliers to make sure that the canvas is tight. 

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

i then gesso the canvas-- two layers to make sure it's super resistant to liquid. 

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

and put a ground down. whenever you paint with a ground, you have to be sure to use that color in your painting.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

put together a subject. it's nice to have highs and lows and variations in the distance to the viewer. things in a straight line are usually boring. 

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

sketching it out before really helps me plan the composition. you know me, i like to plan ;) 

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

i then use charcoal to sketch it out on the canvas. i was once told this is an amateur move-- that real artists use paint to canvas right away, but it works for me so i ignored that ignorant jerk and continued on my merry way. using charcoal as a sketch is really messy and makes your paints pretty muddy-- but i like it like that!

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

i start with the darkest colors first and move slowly towards the lightest. this helps you gage the tones accurately. plus, it's a really organized and efficient way to mix all your paints at the beginning.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

behind the scenes: my painting process. october, 2015. by re|source designs.

final product! 

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