This blog post has a short video showing the different stages of how I created this painting of the Carrara Marble Quarries. It shows some of my thinking process when creating a design.
Cat. No. 1257 Carrara Marble Quarries, Italy – 28cm x 35.5cm – Oil on Linen
About The Painting: Carrara Marble Quarries
My strategy for creating this painting was first of all to establish the major shapes and to create a contrast of temperature between them, making sure that there was a dominant temperature. This means that more than 50% of the painting should be either warm or cool.
You can see that in step 1 of the painting I designed a major cool blue shape and a warmer red violet shape. These were the two major space divisions in the painting, and I made sure the red violet shape was much larger than the cool blue shape. This ensured I had a dominant temperature which is a key principles of painting design.