A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings
July 2013

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A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings
by Lori McNee

A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition.

Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. Shanna and I are exhibited together in an all women art show, Broad Brush Stokes.

Shanna and I love to talk ‘shop’ when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the importance of producing a cohesive body of paintings for each of our upcoming winter exhibitions.

I was really impressed with Shanna’s clear 10 step approach to developing a series of exhibition paintings. Shanna is a landscape painter, but these steps could be applied toward any painting subject.

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The first step is to decided upon a theme.

For example: For a landscape painter, the theme might be a regional location, or a season, or you might choose to focus on abstraction, or paint quality.

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Next, it is important to plan the shape and sizes of your paintings. There is an emotional connotation attached to different formats.

  • Horizontal = peaceful
  • Vertical = majestic, active
  • Square = risky, contemporary
  • Standard = traditional

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