When it is not possible to work from life, a mini-bozzetto is a very useful trick to achieve a harmonious final painting.
|Dawn at the Dump, oil on canvas - 60 x 48cm|
Having decided on the composition and prepared the drawing on the canvas, I made a small sketch of the general tonal scheme and tonal balance, keeping the same final canvas proportions. This mini-bozzetto is painted in oils on whatever small bits of prepared wooden panel I can lay my hands on in the studio.
|Mini-bozzetto 13 x 9 cm|
Since the sketch is so small I can see immediately if it looks right, and tweak it accordingly. Whilst working on the bigger canvas I frequently refer to the colour and tone of various areas to make sure I'm keeping to the overall plan. It is so easy to get led astray, especially with the tones.
My teacher, Signorina Nera Simi called this final balance of tone and colour within a painting "l'insieme del quadro" roughly translated as "the unity of the painting".
As a struggling student, I remember her saying to me that this was one of the most difficult aspects to achieve in the finished painting.
So any trick or prop is most welcome!
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