My Painting Process: 

A case study of my painting: "Boquillas Canyon & The Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park."


Written by Amy Glasscock around May of 2003.

1. I look through my landscape photos (The photos are usually from places that I have visited.) and find one that inspires me. Which means I find something in it that is visually interesting to me.  For example, in this photo I was fascinated by the light and shadows of the cactus.  I also enjoyed the undulations of the river and the vegetation in the background.  Memories of aesthetically experiencing each place also help me choose.

2. Next I manipulate the photo using Photoshop.   I think about the composition at this stage.  In this case I change the angle of the river to exaggerate the background's undulating feel. I take out parts of the photo and decide on the shape of the canvas.  I also think about how the viewer will experience the painting here, and remember how I experienced it.  

3. After I think the painting through on the computer, I usually draw a sketch with pencil and paper.

4.  After I build and stretch the canvases by hand, I begin to paint, usually with oil paint. When I paint I already have an idea of how I want to effect the eyes of the viewer. During the process many elements of the painting change and they eventually come together as a whole in the end.  (Usually at least.) 

5. And eventually after hours of work, the finished product. Title: "Boquillas Canyon & The Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park."

(Note: This is just one example of how I create a painting.  There is no exact formula to making art.)

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"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've
never been hurt, and dance like noone's looking."
 - Guy Clark