Every painter develops certain techniques that are their own. Some have studied techniques and methods that are disciplines handed down like a craftsman to a journeyman.
Some painters work in groups and shared studios, while others work alone. Even when painters are side-by-side their results may be quite different.
Paul Gauguin experimented with the use of colors and synthesis that made his work distinguishable and different from “Impressionism”. Van Gogh worked alongside Gauguin for a time, and they quarreled about their ideas and approaches.
Bryan Jernigan is a peaceful artist who is gracious in sharing his techniques that may be helpful to others as they develop their own. He sometimes demonstrates his approach on his Facebook page, using social media to communicate with his entire audience of patrons and fellow artists.
Today, his studio displayed two paintings that were in a state of black, white, and shades of gray. Asked why he did that, Bryan explained that it was to establish relative values.
“When the paint dries, then I will add color,” he explained. While one grayscale painting is drying, he works on another. Then, he returns to the dry painting to finish.
In the time that it took for me to drive home from an open studio visit and had lunch, Bryan had already posted one of the paintings as a finished work.
I have seen how he begins paintings, often with pencil sketches to establish the framework before he constructs the details. It is a fascinating development and what you see in the end when he adds color is something that truly differentiates his work.
He has said that he is influenced by the Washington Color School, and he has been called a revivalist.
Here is his website: http://bryanjerniganartwork.wix.com/artwork
Here is a reference video describing that.
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