Friday, September 3, 2010

Sketching Out A New Painting . . .

This image just popped into my head yesterday and I sketched it out last evening. I used my gray colored pencil and pitt artist pen. I am beginning to realize to not question as much and let the image take its form. Can you tell I like hearts?!

I am excited to get her on a canvas! My mind is still playing around with colors and I am hoping I don't let that stall my process. I should probably not think so much and let the colors come to me with the paintbrush in my hand.

Ever get caught up in trying to figure out the color palette for your art? Or does it just come to you easily?


  1. Oooh, I love your thought process. And yes, sometimes I get stuck on my palette. I usually start with the background and keep layering until something catches my eye and then go with it. The layers end up adding a lot to the finished piece too.

  2. I'm like Diane sometimes in that I put a layered background on and then see where it takes me. Sometimes I have an idea that I want to put in, such as a girl or angel, etc. and then what shows up? A fish or a bird! haha

    I love that you have an idea and go with it from the start! That's great!

  3. hi cathy, it's lovely to meet you. thank you so much for stopping by my blog. i am so happy to come here and see your beautiful art and photos and read about your story. thank you so much for being such an inspiration. i so needed to visit your blog today :)

    colors, for me, just come. although i have a tendency to get lazy and just use something because it's already squirted on my palette. but i've realized now, when i have something in mind, a color or whatever, to go with that and not short change myself.

    i can't wait to get painting today! have a lovely weekend!

    xo, juliette

  4. Sometimes I get caught up with colors of yarn!!! But most of the time I know what I want before I ever get started. With my remnant scarves and flowers it's a little different...they come to be whatever they come to be! (And then I hope somebody loves them as much as me and wants to buy them!! ^_^)

    By the way, I love her! She's 'spitting' love a very good way!! The hearts tell the story.

  5. Ohhhh I can't wait to see how she turns out, what a cute sketch! I guess I just go with the flow when it comes to colours, I never really have a major plan until I start painting, But I do use acrylics so I can always paint over things if I'm not happy :0)

  6. I agree with Diane and Juliette. I just let the mood flow and take it from there. I love her look and it will be even more beautiful when there is more color. Although it does look really nice the way it is now. Thank for sharing Cathy. By the way, I started your book last night and finished it today around 3:30pm or so. I just couldn't put it down. It's a great read and I congratulate you on being such a brave person. Take care, have a great holiday.

  7. Looking forward to seeing where she takes you. I adore the house in your previous post. I keep meaning to draw a house like that - less straight edges, but instead I keep forgetting again. Oh well!

    Colors...both. I have found that if I don't do some thinking I wind up doing something I'm not happy with. But there is a place when it becomes over-thinking and I'm just plain harassing myself. :) I've also learned to just keep saying to myself, "I can't mess it up because I can always fix it."

    You're really arting your butt off. Good for you! Enjoy!


  8. Love the quote with the image. Color palettes are always hard for me - so many options and only one to pick. Thanks for finding my blog - have a great weekend!

  9. Love all those hearts!!!

    Ahh good old colour palettes eh? I used to get really stuck in a rut with palettes until a few years ago when I discovered interior design books.
    I would suggest to anyone starting out to scour through interior design books, look for palettes that make you go .....ooooh and ahhhh and then apply them to your work, so much satisfaction will follow I can assure you :)

    Remember the library is your friend ;)

    Micki x

  10. The hearts are darling, and her eyes...i think they will end up your signature:-)
    colors, yes, i struggle with them too. i'm trying to work out a theme in my head prior to staring a painting, seems i do better that way. i get stuck if the colors aren't moving me. oh, and now that i'm in color theory class, i am obsessed with mixing my own color pallet and going from there:-)

    off i go to paint soon! hopefully i'll have something to share with you!