I begin with sheer fabrics that I like and cut random shapes out of a piece.  I glue those around my canvas with Novaplex.  It's tough and you can really smooth out a piece of fabric with it. Then I sometimes do an overall wash of a particular range of one color.  Blues, or yellows, or whatever. Then I begin to darken some areas which creates my values.  The midtones are already there and the lights are created by adding the darks.  Sometimes I may lighten more areas either with alcohol (rubbing some out) or adding a lighter color.  Then I usually come in with a contrasting color or a sepia or grey to dull some of the areas that are too bright.  Next is design.  Are my shapes more rectangular or curvilinear.  I begin to develop those areas.  Now I check to see if there are eye grabbers.  Or two shapes on the same plane or the same size.  From there I see if there is a direction I am leading you to or even a focal point.

It's not easy but it sure is fun

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Stunning piece !!

thank you Cherie



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