24" x 30" oil, masonite panel
Nearly every large painting that I produce has had a study done of it before I dive in to the final painting.
Now I know that not everyone likes to do studies. They consider it a waste of time and want to jump right in and paint. But studies can save you a lot of time and frustration on your final piece. They don't have to be large or complex. They are designed to work out ideas for composition, colour, values on a small scale before investing time and supplies discovering the same things on a large scale. Great if you like your experiment on the large scale. Not so great if you don't.
|Study for Queen's- pen and ink/watercolour in sketchbook|
Colour studies and sketches are the same. They are the test for shapes and colours and 30 minutes to an hour of your time devoted to a sketch and colour study can save you a lot of heartache later on. I can safely tell you this because I've avoided studies in the past and dissolved in a fit of frustration and annoyance at myself when a large scale piece goes in the completely opposite direction to where I wanted it to go.