Start with the basic blocking in and then work my way through the layers of the Ugly stage to the Finished painting.
I have been learning that every painting has an ugly stage at least with acrylic paintings.
After the initial blocking in and working in the dark and light tones you really start to see the form of the subject. Then you start working in more and more detail until it is finished to your liking.
One of the coolest things about Acrylic painting is that acrylic paint dries so fast! You can really have a completed painting in just a few hours of work.
If you paint in something that you don't like, you can dry the painting and paint right over that part of the painting over and over again. There was a lot of drying and doing over on this painting :) Getting little Chippy in with a bit of personality was a challenge but I think I got it pretty well in the end.
I even put in the top stitching on all the seams. I'm pretty darned pleased with this painting too!
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The photo I worked from was taken by the Awesome Photographer Betsy Seeton--Painted with her permission!
Remember to get out and do something creative today!