I think it's fun and interesting to see how a painting begins and progresses. We might even learn something - even though it doesn't look too 'hot' in the early stages. Hmm sounds like a light thought. Reminds me how we human beings have stages that aren't too 'hot' either - like the "terrible twos", losing our children's teeth stage, the teen stage (talk about insecurity!), the spreading our wings/leaving the nest stage (maybe some dumb choices during this time?), etc... And you know what, I think I'm still going through stages and 'growing up'! Guess I'd have to say 'my painting' is not complete yet.
So I prefer to have this outlook on our human stages, expressed so eloquently by Robert Browning - "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in His hand Who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!'"
Anyway, here are the two early stages of "Radio Flyer Afternoon".
|Early acrylic washes on canvas of "Radio Flyer Afternoon" - blocking in the basic composition.|
|"Radio Flyer Afternoon" starting to show the light and further development of the background.|
|"Radio Flyer Afternoon" 24"x36" acrylic on canvas |
©2010 Nancy Teague
Enjoy your stages - there's more light to come - the best is yet to be!