Janet Ledoux Fine Art

Paintings and Musings Blog

Janet Ledoux's Paintings & Musings Blog about the process of making paintings, reviews of shows and links to interesting resources.

Beginning Something

  Welcome!  I'll be writing about the process of painting in this blog, reviewing shows I have seen,  sharing content I find around the net.  

  Beginnings. This is the first post on a blog I have been thinking about writing for awhile now. I thought it was fitting for this to be about the idea of starting. 

  I can have a very tough time beginning a painting. It's so critical to me to build the right foundation for the painting that it can bring out the consummate procrastinator in me. Even when I am sure it's an interesting idea I tend to walk around with me coffee cup, move my easel  from here to there, maybe order some art supplies..... Then somehow I start and after some false approaches, I get onto something and then it's game on!  I am working and it can be good or bad and that is secondary to just getting some work done. Relief. The beginning phase is over.

  I am interested in how about other people tackle beginnings. How is it for you?


  This painting is a beginning of a  6 hour session with a model. I started with a gessoed piece of linen taped to a board. Alizarin crimson oil was thinned quite a bit with OMS and sketched directly onto the linen. I had some more thinner on a rag to use to erase some of the lines as I went along.  I wiped the whole thing down to a blank page a couple of times until I got this which seems like a nice framework to work with from here. This took a couple of hours.

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