9 Steps of Painting

A lot of people ask me about my artwork. It’s going to be a part of this blog and the cookbook. Here’s a behind the scenes look in my studio. For now, I’ll deviate from my usual posts of recipes and travel stories and we can explore some art!

The Lotus and the Artichoke - Finished Painting  The Lotus and the Artichoke - Finished Painting

My 9 Steps of Painting

(Some personal background and a How-To)

First, here are the 9 Steps I use to create a painting:

  1. Idea
  2. Research
  3. Sketch
  4. Scan
  5. Underpainting
  6. Overpainting
  7. Block
  8. Details
  9. Document

I’ll explain them in more detail in a bit. Scroll down if you’re just here for the images and a cool step-by-step of a work from start to finish.

I didn’t take photos at every step for this last work, but the process was exactly as in the steps above. Further below you can see photos of an earlier work in the making. The process is the same whether I’m working really large or really small. It’s a process I’ve been working with and have refined over the years.

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