In my last blog post, I detailed the process of creation for a piece called “Hope in a Hopeless Place. I mentioned that I usually do two preparatory drawings, one in graphite, the other in color pastels. I continued this for my newest series of paintings with one small twist. Instead of doing the color drawing in pastels, I simply imported images of my graphite drawings into Photoshop and added color to them. I used what I like to call a ‘fuzzy” brush and set the opacity of the color to 19%. This nicely simulates the thin, glazes I plan to use during the beginning stages of the paintings. Doing this allowed me to quickly establish which colors I’ll use in the actual paintings. It was fun, quick, and no chalky mess to clean up! Here are a few side by side shots of the graphite drawing next to the photoshoped image. I look forward to showing the paintings as they are completed. Enjoy.