After the encouraging response – from both artists and collectors – to recent Artzines featuring some WiP (Work in Progress) photos, I’ve been documenting more of my painting process. I had time off between Christmas and New Year’s, so I painted like a fiend (god it was great!). Herewith, one of the pieces I painted then, in progression:

Step 1: just the textured panel, with a wash on it

Step 2: about 20% of the painting laid in – some background, and the pickup rider mostly done

Step 3: about 60% of the piece done – pickup rider and his flashy palomino

The final piece: “Rough Work”, 24 x 18


  • boy do I love red (duh), though it’s challenging as hell to paint something that evokes really BRIGHT red at the correct relative value scale to the rest of the piece
  •  I’m having so much fun with texturing my panels beforehand it’s almost illegal
  • taking these WiP photos is actually helping me do a better job with the final paintings – it forces me to take a step back, and seeing a little digital version on the back of my camera makes the flaws or compositional needs of the piece just JUMP out at me.
  • The compositions I enjoy most are totally “in your face”
  • I really do enjoy lots of entendres in my titles (there are a few in this one – interpretations invited :-)
8 Responses to ““Rough Work””
  1. Jim Bortz says:

    Everything about this series of images made me smile :) I love to see the process. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Doug Fletcher says:


    Beautiful! I especially love the texture on the board it gives interest and
    with the color choices gives the painting action and makes it pop!

    If you will permit me to ask a color related question, Have you heard of
    or experimented with the Munsell System? (Developed by Albert Munsell)
    It deals with Hue, Value, and Chroma in paint. I am going to experiment with
    it. Any thoughts you might have would be greatly appreciated. I will sit back
    and listen.

  3. Julie Chapman says:

    Jim – your comment made ME smile, thanks!

    Doug – I’ve heard of it, and programs like Lightroom make use of it (as HSL, Hue/Saturation/Luminosity). I can’t say I really understand it; I play with the LR interface sometimes, but the results are puzzling, and I never seem to have enough time to really explore…please be sure to post after you’ve experimented, I’ll be curious how it affects your use of paint.

  4. Lori Lemanski says:

    I would love to be a fly on the wall and watch you texture then paint….

  5. Julie Chapman says:

    Lori – what a great comment, made me smile! Come to one of my workshops – you’ll get that and a whole helluva lot more – guaranteed. :-)

  6. Larr Jewett says:


    If you go to a workshop, just watch out for the fly-swatter.

  7. Julie Chapman says:

    You mean the bullwhip.

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