Progressing through a painting

Hello Everyone,

Some of you have been asking on my Facebook page for step by step photos as I work through a painting.
This one was started as a workshop demo in Mendocino Art Center last year.
I usually do complete my demo paintings, but not often in class.  I am so busy helping students and doing all the little things it takes to conduct a class that I come home with an unfinished painting.  The good thing is that I have something I like to work on, the bad thing is that I have many starts, and have to postpone finishes. 

I am using a limited palette of Winsor Blue Green Shade, Permanent Rose, and Winsor Yellow.  These are staining transparent colors which allow me to do layering (glazing).  The glazing is done after each layer is dry.
I am working wet on dry paper, and a little bit of wet into wet.

So… At any rate, here we have some step by step for you to study.

1.  Shapes and colors are laid in.  Dark in the background is 3 or 4 layers of my 3 colors mingled on the paper, not mixed on my palette.

2.  Close ups of my table cloth as I start to add the details.  

3.  My jar at this point had no masking fluid, but I thought it would make it much easier to add some.

4.  Here we have the painting so far.  I am wanting to work more on the foreground and to continue to add details within the jar.

5.  The changes are subtle and gradual as I work small areas adding detail and darker values. 
I like working through the whole painting, rather than piece by piece, so, it is, I realize harder for you to follow the small changes.

5.  Now I will take off the masking fluid and see what I have. 
I will add more photos as I make changes and progress.

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7 Responses to “Progressing through a painting”

  1. Margaret March 16, 2018 9:59 am

    Perfectly beautiful! I am entranced by how you paint glass. Now, I need to ask if you masked the lace tablecloth, and, if so, did you mask when the paper was wet? I know some of it must be negative painting. Thank you for sharing this step by step painting. You are so generous to
    share your technique and also the colors you use. Since I am using M Graham paints, I must
    choose from what I have, using cool, transparent, staining colors. Thanks, Jeannie!!

  2. Margaret March 16, 2018 10:31 am

    My original comment didn’t go through, so I will try again. First , thank you for sharing your step by step process. I do have a question about the lace tablecloth: Did you use masking at all or
    did you create the shapes entirely by negative painting? Your treatment of glass and shadows is superb and the end result is beautiful.

  3. Roberta March 16, 2018 1:15 pm

    I’m curious to know…What is “masking fluid?”
    Thank you, Roberta

  4. Jeannie March 17, 2018 1:29 pm

    Hi Roberta, Masking fluid is applied to the paper to resist the watercolor paint, and then is peeled off after you are finished to reveal a lighter, or white area. It’s a handy tool, especially for tiny complicated areas. I use masking fluid infrequently, but when you need it, you need it. 🙂 Here is a link to the masking fluid that I use Roberta:

  5. Jeannie March 17, 2018 1:31 pm

    Hi Margaret… I only used the masking fluid for the tiny areas on the glass jar that I wanted to keep white. The table cloth is done with some lifting and negative painting.
    Glad you liked the step by step! 🙂

  6. Marilyn Smith April 12, 2018 2:19 pm

    Hi Jeannie, I love to see what you are doing. Beautiful as usual! You handle the glass jar really well…. and the flowers, too. Hope to see you again in a class someday.

    hugs, Marilyn

  7. Gillian November 4, 2019 1:04 am

    Jeannie, thanks for showing these. I’ve been watching your youtube videos and having a series of pictures showing the progression of the layers is very useful. I can’t attend your classes (as I’m in the UK), but some more step-by-step examples/exercises would be most appreciated. Your interpretation of light and vibrancy of your colours just makes me want to paint more and more.

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