Friday, February 2, 2007

Warm-up Painting

Before I start painting something for a project, I like to warm-up by painting quickly and without worrying whether I'm going to mess it up. It's kinda like a shot of whiskey, it keeps me more relaxed on the next painting.

I like keep my warm-up piece somewhat related to what I'm painting for my next illustration, but I like to let my mind wander and do something fun. I never sketch these things out beforehand, so there's tons of mistakes in them as well as a few pleasant surprises. What you see is what you get.
If I could do this painting again, I'd take that @!*# door out of the tree. Why did I do that?!?



  1. Stacy, that's beautiful! Man, I would love to hold the actual piece in my hands and just stare at it and study it.

  2. Oh, come on, Stacy, the door is what makes it!

    This is the kind of thing that makes most of your pictures special and interesting to me... there is an element of a story within. That's the thing that makes any work of art interesting to folks, makes them give it more than the cursory glance, makes it stand the test of time. We wonder what's behind the door, who lives there. What are the bees doing there? Has Pooh been getting into the honey again?

    Nice angle, nice complimentary color, strong focal point, nice contrast, good effect with the shading and lighting from the tree canopy.

    By the way, I was just reading Leonardo's rules for perspective. (This has nothing to do with your painting, I was just reading it last night.) He said foreground objects should have true color, objects behind that should have a little blue added, objects behind those should have even more blue added, and so on. I'm gonna try this next time I'm painting... I'm not sure how to do it, maybe lay down a thin wash of blue first.. that would probably work better than mixing with blue.. not sure though.

  3. I love the door. The part that is interesting is I have been thinking about adding a tree with a door in it to an illustration I did of an old woman. Amazing!

  4. Freakin awesome. Love the flicks of black in just the right spots.

  5. Stacy, what brushes did you use for this, man?

  6. Thanks everyone!

    Welcome to our blog, Sherry! Thanks for your kind words. I checked out your blog and your site and now they're bookmarked!

    I am constantly using different drawing tools. I literally have 80 or more brushes sitting around in coffee cups on my drawing table and taborets. None of them are wasted, I'm constantly using different brushes to keep my work interesting and evolving. I also love pen nibs. I have drawers full of them.

    For this watercolor, I used:
    1.) A size 4 Sceptre Gold II 101 Sable/Synthetic by Winsor Newton
    2.) A size 8 Cotman by Winsor Newton brush.

    For most of the inking work I do, I've been happy with:
    1.) A size 2, Finest Sable, Series 7 brush by Winsor Newton
    2) A size 2, Vermeer Utrecht Kolinsky Red Sable brush that I buy from the Utrecht when I'm downtown in Chicago.

    The Utrecht brush is my all-time favorite brush, but it doesn't last long if you don't take care of it.

    I just don't like sticking with one particular drawing tool. I get bored easily, so I switch things up to challenge myself.