I’ve decided to start another red wine painting. I love the challenge of painting glass and reflections. While still holding true to my realist style, on this piece I will be using a larger canvas and brushes.
Using a 24″x48″ canvas I will add 2 more coats of gesso to the already pre-primed canvas. Once this is completed I will lay down the basic outlines and tones of the image using a watered down Burst sienna/raw umber mix with a focus on the highlights and shadows of the new image to give me a a starting point for my first thin layers of color.
Once the gesso has dried, it’ll be time to transfer the image to canvas blending the photos I have, taking the best from both images to create the painting. I’ll explain more of this once I get into the actual process of transferring the image to canvas.
When I think of an image in my mind I try to recreate it and take as many photos in different lighting as I possibly can. I then take all the images and start weeding through them until I get a handful of photos that are close to the image that I wanted. Then I start to crop and manipulate them to see which ones best suit the canvas size I want.
Composition is everything as far as I am concerned and it all starts with transferring the image to canvas. where will the viewers attention be drawn to when he or she looks at the final piece? I know more comes to play with the amount of detail given to certain areas of the painting and light and shadow, but these can be manipulated as the painting progresses to help shift the persons focus around the painting. In the beginning it is so important to get the composition right from the start. Your painting can be a masterful display of your talent but if the viewer does not have a focus point on your painting and the eyes have no direction then it will not be pleasing to look at. Tell the person where to look, make their eyes travel over your painting in such a way that it’s visually pleasing to them. Composition turns a good painting into a great one.