I recently completed a new painting titled 'Your Heart and my Heart,' inspired by one of my 30x30 paintings. The original painting sold immediately, but there are two sizes of prints available in my Etsy shop.
I snapped a few shots of the progression of this piece along the way, in case you'd like to see how one of my word paintings evolves.
First I start with an idea of what areas will show in the final painting, and layer paper on canvas accordingly. (I also turn on my 150w work lamp to lure some company into my studio. Never fails!)
Then comes color and testing out styles and sizes...
Then more words and painted details.
I almost always add scripted words last and I practice them for a few hours before actually putting them on canvas. Unlike painting on paper, I can't lightly sketch them in pencil so I have to free-hand it and hope it looks right. Sometimes it takes only a few tries... this time it took over forty! I finished it just in time to drop it off with my photographer on the way up to Vermont.