of the first things indicated is the point
at which the viewer will be looking at the
horizon. I have decided on symmetrically
balanced, 1-point perspective radiating
from about two-thirds up on the canvas.
This may change slightly, but is close to
what the final position will be.
at the upper right corner of the photo
above, I have begun developing the first
pillar. The landscape itself is only a few
sketchy lines at this point. I will work
out the mountains, river, grass, trees,
etc. after I finish the architecture.
Here's how I handle the pillars and
work out the structure of the
right pillar first; the
perspective dictated by the
center point marked earlier. I
also decide how big to make the
pillars. I want them to look the
same as those in the client's
home, but not so large so as to
overpower the painting. I also
have to decide how tall the arch
will be. It has to be a soft
slope, again to match the house.
I decide that the top part of the
wall is too low and blocks too
much of the landscape opening, so
I raise everything up a bit.
the right pillar completed I want
the left pillar to be identical.
Here's a tip for you... To save
time and assure accuracy, I tape
a large piece of tracing paper
over the finished pillar and
trace the image with
remove and flip over the traced
image, move it into position, and
re-tape to the left side of the
charcoal is now on the side
facing the painting. Using the
blunt end of a paintbrush I
gently rub over the charcoal
lines. A light tracing of the
original pillar is transferred to
the canvas. Bingo! Both pillars
are the same, and in the correct
position. I remove the paper,
then retouch the two pillars and
top of the arch...