Progress Photos from the Painting “Food Forest”

"Food Forest" Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

“Food Forest”
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″
© 2012 Marilyn Fenn

Several people have told me how much they like seeing progress photos of paintings.  Soooooo, I thought I’d share with you all some of my progress shots from recent works, starting with “Food Forest.”

The process for this painting started with a photography session at an Urban Patchwork “food forest.”  Several artists were preparing work for a one-night show to benefit Austin’s Urban Patchwork community gardens.  I took quite a few photos, and then spent days just thinking about what I wanted my first painting for this show to be.  I came up with my composition using imagery drawn from many photos.

I don’t always do sketches for works, and the one here is a pretty sad example, but sometimes all you need is a compositional thumbnail and that’s all this was meant to be.  (I can draw much better than this, really, and if I’d known I was going to share these sketches with anyone, maybe I would have).  🙂

I also painted this in acrylic — Chroma’s Atelier Interactive acrylics, which is mostly what I’ve used when trying to paint in acrylic.  You may know that I’m an oil painter at heart, and find acrylics frustrating, but I knew I didn’t have time for a new oil painting to dry in time for the show, so acrylics it was to be.  (yikes!)

I started on a Friday afternoon, and finished the following Monday, which is pretty fast for me to complete an entire painting this size.

These are the only photos I took of the process, so I’m guessing each photo represents one’s day’s work.  The final photo is color-accurate, AFAICT; the others are shot with a mishmash of lights in the studio (so the color temperatures are different from the actual painting and the final shot).

I have to admit, shaking up my medium really worked in this instance.  I love this painting!  It now hangs in the living room, so I get to enjoy it every day.  Which is not to say that I won’t part with it.  🙂

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Let the sketches for historical subjects be rapid, and the working of the limbs not too much finished. Content yourself with merely giving the position of the limbs, which you will then be able to finish at your leisure as you please.

— Leonardo da Vinci
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