Here is the process I went through to create my East Bay Pointillism Painting. Overall I am quite satisfied with it. This technique is very time consuming, but it is well worth the effort. The painting is 16″x20″ on a gallery wrapped canvas.
This painting was done in early 2018.
Here is the original photo I took along the St Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario in July 2016. Although the photo is very similar to the painting, I did make some changes, such as moving the tree to the left hand side to draw the eye into the painting and then down to the flowers
Here is the original drawing I started with. I drew this on sketching paper, then transferred it to the canvas using graphite on the back of the paper. I used a grid that I created in gimp then reproduced it on my drawing to make sure that everything was proportionate. The photo was very good, and I did not want to deviate too far from it, with the exception of moving the tree.
Although trees and plants are organic and can vary greatly in shape, they all have a set of proportions that they grow by. For this reason it is very important to pay close attention to their specific characteristics and not just think of them as easy to draw, or else they will look rigid and unnatural.
In this version I began the pointillism process. It seems to go very fast in the begging, but there are not nearly enough colours and shades to call it finished. I started by adding small dots of blue, cyan, greens and purples. and yellows and oranges in the clouds. This photo was taken around 4.5 hours into the painting, and I consider this a very early stage.
In this version I continued working. I added more colours to the white flowers to give them more definition and basically darkened everything by adding more dots. I also added a few reds to compliment the greens in the foreground. This version was about 9 hours into the painting.
In this version I added a lot of whites, and off whites, the painting seems to get lighter again, but the dots are mixing more together, and it appears as the dots are all together, as opposed to dots on a white background. I also worked more on the distant trees adding yellows, purples and reds to the green. This was taken around 15 hours into the painting.
Here is the final version of the painting. I added more darker colours once more, and worked a lot on the water adding various hues of blue, cyan, green and ultramarine. I also added yellows and greys to the highlight areas and spent some more time on the flowers. In total the painting took around 22 hours.
8 thoughts on “East Bay Pointillism Process.”
This is an interesting post and the result is quite fun and different!
A lovely shimmering effect from all those dots of colour! I would never have the patience to try this technique as I paint very fast and 22 hours for one painting would mean I was painting something the size of the side of a house!
It must have taken a lot of patience painting all those little dots, nicely done x
Yep, more of these please Shawn. Nice.
This is actually an old one from last year, but I will have 2 new ones done next month. I am almost finished with them now!!
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It still blows my mind!!! Just beautiful. And the amount of patience and vision pointillism requires is amazing. Cheers and Thank You! Looking forward to seeing the new ones! 🙂 Your blog changed clothes and looks nice!
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Amazing process Shawn! I hardly ever do a detail drawing beforehand, but this has me rethinking that! Thanks! 🙂
I like seeing the process as this beautiful painting evolves. I love the glimmery effect of the technique, it is perfect for this subject, I think, really enhancing the feel of water and sky.