Saturday, 7 April 2012

An alphabet painting, in progress

Its been such a long time since I've done a step by step post, that I thought I'd do another! Photo courtesy of Morguefile's copyright free photos.

You can follow along or even paint along if you like!
If you do that and finish it, post it on your blog and I'll link to it :)

Either way, I hope you enjoy the following.

First the pencil drawing of the violin

then mask out the strings. I use W&N Masking Fluid, but any rubber mask will do. Its just to resist the paint when you paint the body of the violin, without any fiddly paint all around the strings !

next I'm painting the bottom right corner, which is background to the violin.
Wet the curved corner first, then drop in some alizarin crimson, some burnt sienna and some payne's grey. Leave to dry.

Last for today, wet the whole violin and then drop in - in a random fashion - some new gamboge.  As you can see, I accidentally touched the corner of the background and it flared a little into the violin. Don't worry if that happens. blot it quickly with a dry brush and leave it be. Once overpainted, it will add character to the violin !
You can see I'm from the "don't panic" school of painters :)

Until next time...


  1. I'm looking forward to the continuation of this piece Pat. Good so far.

  2. I am sure your step by step posts are incredibly time consuming but let me assure me, I know I am not the only one that appreciates this. Thanks and cant wait for "next time."

  3. Love your WIP posts.
    Wishing you a Happy Easter!
    and yes He will take care of me on Tues. hugs, BJ

  4. What a fun thing to if only I could paint!
    Happy Easter, dear Pat!

  5. Pat, I am intrigued. I look forward to your next steps.

  6. Good luck Pat - It's not an easy subject, as I found when I painted my Beethoven Bear! :0)

  7. Hi Pat:) I love to wach how others set up a painting. This one is going to be great. I'm following you till your painting is finished!
    Good luck with it and a happy Easter:)

  8. That is an exiting composition, Pat! I always appreciate to see a painting develop! Looking forward to see the result! Happy Easter!

  9. I love seeing how you do your paintings

  10. Very interesting Pat. I will be following this with great interest.

  11. Oh Pat, what a tease! Now I’m on pins and needles waiting to see the next steps! LOL

  12. Hi Pat. Happy Easter. I like your violin follow along painting. Great idea! Have a wonderful day and i look forward to seeing the violin when finished. Blessings always.

  13. Buona Pasqua cara Pat!!
    Un abbraccio!

  14. Thanks everyone, glad you're enjoying it so far :)

    Prayers are with you for Tues, BJ.
    and Happy Easter to all xx


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