Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweetie #3

Sweetie #3, originally uploaded by debifitz.

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Continuing on with Sweetie... I was just involved in a discussion in a fb art group about when to do a background... before or after the subject. The rule of thumb that I was taught long ago (will not say how long that was!!) was to work background to subject to foreground. The idea being that you would lay your subject onto the background. Of course I was also taught to do the whole painting at the same time... there for you are working on the composition the entire time. I usually plan the composition in the drawing phase. And I continue that plan all the way through... by working the colors of the subject into the back ground... that way it all ends up working together. It is good to learn the "rules"... they are all good and make sense. And it is a lot of fun to break them too!