Highly analytical or messy guessing?

I can get into a mindset while painting where I analyze very carefully the color and tonal transitions across each surface, meticulously trying to match my paints to what I see…moving through the artwork at an incredibly slow pace. The results are usually worth the hard work. But this sort of process also makes it hard for me to get in the mood to paint because it is such a massive brain-strain. Today I was a rebel and just gradually started slopping paint onto the canvas with greater frequency and less thinking. It was so much more fun and I got a whole lot done, but in the end after carefully staring at it (which I do at the end of every session) I feel I need to work on better color matching and not abandon completely the careful analytical process I use when painting. Fortunately I was only working on the background and deep shadow areas so there wasn’t any important detail areas that required strong focus.  This is only my first stage of painting (today almost felt like a second underpainting), so I can go back over what I have done and fix things as I go. So far though, I do feel it is turning out very well.

Jeep looks pretty cool with winch and new fenders!

And I forgot to mention that I had another drawing to do for my best client ever. She wanted a portrait done for her friend. I did this one with charcoal pencils.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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