Planning before you start painting

As with any other projects, it is highly essential that you lay out your plans before embarking onto a painting. This will ensure that you have something to go along instead of going through the motions. In certain circumstances, paintings could be the result of spontaneity but that would come about every once a while so before you start drawing or beginning on the strokes, think for a while and work on an action plan, then embark or you might end up spending more time trying to touch up the mess that you might have created. Apart from that, it will also help you to save time and paint.

The first thing you need to do is to think about the subject matter. In most situations, the artist must have a mental image of what is to be painted before the project starts. Whether it is a landscape or a still life painting, a portrait or an abstract piece, you must know what you want to paint before starting off. If it is a landscape, then you will start looking for the scene that you want to paint. From there, you can then work on the techniques and medium.

After that, you have to think about how you intend to paint the subject matter.

The most important factor here is to first look at your expertise. Is this going to be part of your body of work using oil paint or is one of the explorative paintings that you want to try with watercolour? Once you have ascertained that, you can plan your material that you want to use. Canvas, paper, textile, types of colours and how many colours are all part of this stage. It is important that you plan this properly which will help you to minimize your wastage in the future.

Once you have got that all decided, then you can decide on the size of your painting. The size is very important because it will determine the impact of the painting when it is completed. On top of that, it will also determine how much colour and time you will need to finish it. Large paintings would take longer and more paint and colour choices. So it is essential that you look at how much you have and work around it.

And then, before you actually start painting, you have to determine the method of imprinting the image onto the canvas.

You could employ tracing techniques using a projector or draw freehand depending on your skills. Some artists would use printing techniques like silk-screening and such which will all bring about additional cost. If you decide to use such techniques, then it will require a longer preparation time. With all the factors included, then you can work out a timeline on how long you need to complete the painting. Once you have all that filtered out, then you can start painting and stick by the timeline and plan, giving some time for leeway in case of delays and unforeseen circumstances.

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