I’m sure each artist has their own tried and trusted methods and I can just share what works for me:
- Try not to start working on the canvas before working it out in the mind.
- Observe the subject to the point where you know what started or stirred the emotion (it could be the light or a reflection or bits of color or a combination).
- Decide on the result you are looking for. Think about the method; don’t rush into it.
- Consider past failures and successes. For me, this part of the process is only done when the “inspiration or idea or emotion” moves to a solid place in my mind. Then starting on the canvass becomes a great opportunity to catch a moment.
“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity”.
– Pierre-Auguste Renoir