Creating a Painting, Step-by-Step


Before I start the painting I am thinking about the abstract shapes the chickens will create.  After finalizing the design, I cut ¼ inch, un-tempered hardboard to size and prime the panel with acrylic gesso, sanding between coats.
















Acrylic on Board - SOLD

5 X 7 in.











Phase 1: Starting the Painting

After transferring the drawing to my panel, I tone it with a series of yellow/green washes, a color that will be complimentary to the red of the chicken’s faces.  I keep the paint very thin at this point.  










Phase 2:

With the background completed, I start to paint the dark markings of the birds.  I am thinking about the shapes of the birds at this stage, painting the markings to follow the contours of the anatomy.











Phase 3:

At this point I have put the light color on the feathers of the rooster.  I then complete the plumage of the rooster so I can work from back to front.











Phase 4:

With all of the information about the birds plumage established, I work the entire scene, trying to avoid creating any confusing areas.  To do this I wash some areas into shadow, while adding highlights in other areas.










Phase 5: Final Details

To finish the piece, I paint in the faces of the two chickens, building up the highlights and shadows slowly. Finally, I paint the eyes of the birds to give life to the piece.