Your shopping cart is empty.

Your shopping cart is empty.

My Process

I first create a thumbnail of the scene. This lets me establish the composition and work out any issues before I touch pigment to surface. If I’m in the field, I’m working directly from nature (after having taken a few photos for reference). If in the studio, I’m working from memory, my imagination, and/or one or more photographs. As I do this, I aim to create a compelling eye path, striking big shapes of different volumes, no distracting tangents, and having the shapes’ values portray the correct atmospheric perspective. I will even turn the thumbnail and the photo(s) upside down because that disrupts my brain's expectations and forces me to look at the pure shapes I've drawn instead of what I expect to see for the shape of a tree (or mountain, etc.). It makes it easier to find and resolve big issues ahead of time.

Thumbnail for "Mountain Glory" (c) 2020, Mary Planding

Once I’m satisfied, I transfer the scene with a pastel pencil to a one-toned very gritty surface that I've created using a tinted gel gesso with pumice or do a custom underpainting. That's the background which establishes the right values, temperature, and general big shapes for the final painting.   

In a pastel underpainting, I use watercolors or harder pastels. I may blend them using my hand, other pastels, or an alcohol wash. I am careful not to fill the “tooth” of the sanded surface to to add more layers as needed.   

With an oil painting, I use transparent pigments. As I work "alla prima" ("all-in-one-sitting," which means working wet into wet with oil paints), it’s important to get dark colors in the first layer.   

Then, whether pastel or oil, I double-check shapes, values, volumes, and eye path to see they match my thumbnail and correct as needed. I will often take a neutral hard pastel, or a rubber wipe-out tool if working in oil, to lightly indicate specific details in the painting and carve them out of those bigger shapes.   

Then, and only then, do I begin to add layers of pastel (or oil paint) on top, letting the underpainting peek through where I wish to add some additional dimensional qualities. This provides the luminosity and sparkle you find my work. Throughout the painting process I am constantly stepping back 4-6 feet to check how my painting "reads" at a distance (I squint a lot — which explains most artists' crow's feet). This helps keep the composition intact with values and colors in harmony. And draw you into the scene through the use of contrasting or similar values, colors (warm and cool, analogous or complementary), beautiful shapes, and soft vs. sharp edges, so you enter into it.


           .      

Thumbnail, underpainting, value scale, and final painting for "Cliffs at Etretat," (c) 2020 Mary Planding

With watercolor, I paint more free-flow and stream-of-consciousness. Some even say slap-dash. I sketch the scene using a permanent fine point marker. The same principles of composition apply — I look to create those eye paths. Then with watercolors I bring your attention to that eye path so you wander into the scene and enjoy it.

1c crunched snajej
1c crunched snajej

Trusted Art Seller

The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.

It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.

3c crunched udpkob
3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.

Cart

Your cart is currently empty.

Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.

×

Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List

×
Name

Badge ar compatible

The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.

Badge ar compatible

This Site supports Augmented Reality to Live Preview Art

This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art from my site onto a wall in your home or business.

To use this feature, look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!

×

Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.

×

I'd like to discuss commissioning an original painting

Please answer these questions as best you can. Your answers will help us have a fun and productive conversation. I will get back to you within 1-2 business days, Internet and weather permitting!

= required

×

VIP Newsletter Sign-Up

SAVE 15% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER!

Enter your email below and we'll email you a 15% OFF Coupon right now!

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!