Colleen’s painting in acrylic is one she’s been planning to make as the first in a series based on the traditional rhyme:
“Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday.”
She had already created a small study for “Wash on Monday” that was the basis for the larger painting she created today. Creating a work after already doing a study can make a painting go a lot more smoothly, since ideas for the subject and composition have already been worked out, and the processes of mixing colors and applying paints is already familiar for the specific image.
All the components of Colleen’s painting took shape quite quickly as she worked from larger, broader areas toward smaller, finer details. Although she had planned a lot in advance, she was still able to capture a freshness and spontaneity in her painting today, making changes in color and composition from her original study. By the end of the afternoon, Colleen’s work was almost complete, except for a few final details which she’ll add before bringing her piece back to hang in the exhibit.
UPDATE, 4/15/09: Colleen brought in her painting this morning with some finishing touches of smaller details and more shading and contrast. The finished work is the last picture below.