My previous blog post offers a tip to simplify selecting colors and buying paint. This post describes how working out a painting’s details on a small scale can help reduce time spent painting a large canvas and the costs associated with using unnecessary paint.
To create a prototype (I actually created two), I took a picture of my composition and printed several copies from my home computer printer. Then I painted the paper copies. By experimenting with paint colors and brushstrokes, I eventually developed two prototypes and, more importantly, by working out details on a smaller scale, I made significant progress on my painting without laboring over a large canvas or wasting my expensive paint supply! With two interesting versions in hand, I was ready to transfer one version to a large canvas and paint the real McCoy.