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Glorified Doodle – new painting started!

It has been three months — or is it more? Anyway, I finally got my butt in gear and started a new large format painting. The painting is 30 inches X 48 inches (76.2 cm X 121.92 cm).

Studio view - Glorified Scribble
Studio view – Glorified Doodle

So what is my subject you may ask? Well, I have been working towards that for the past month of October. If you check out my “scribbles” section you will see I have been creating numerous “mindless and thoughtless” sketches and scribbles. These drawings are the studies for this new painting.

Below are the steps I have taken so far.


Step 1: create a basic background field of colour using blue, sienna, umber and a little red for warmth.

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Step 2: I want to replicate the mindless approach used in my recent drawings so I start drawing directly on the canvas. I use black Sharpies. Once I establish the basic composition (trying not to think about it of course) I begin rendering the individual shapes. This is where the thinking creeps in.

Glorified Scribble drawing

I think lighting, form, contrast , etc.. I do however try not to think too hard. If I should get some weirdness due to incorrectness then that’s great. Anything really weird I can fix when I start to apply paint and colour.

My next step is to finish rendering the drawing and then start painting. That’s when mindlessness is out the window and the struggle begins.

You can follow me if you wish to see the next steps. Or if you have found your way here long after this post then follow the links below.


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