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What are the advantages of working in series

mixed media flower paintings

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I recently worked on a series of 8 12 x 12 inches flower paintings in mixed media, simultaneously, switching from one painting to the next until they were all done, that was the biggest series I  ever worked on.

See pictures of the finished series here.

I did find that working that way was very efficient and stress free and if you feel like trying it:

Here are a few advantages of working in series

Less Pressure

  • You are not focused on one painting only so there is less pressure on the outcome.
  • If you get stuck at one point or need more time, you can switch to another painting from the same series
  • If you have a temporary interest or obsession, it is a way to “get it out of your system”

Style consistency

  • Working on a big series allows you to paint several paintings simultaneously, so they have a good chance to look consistent in style even though they will show variations.
  • You will work on similar subjects and might also use the same color mixes in all the paintings of your series,making them look even more consistent.
  • This is a great way to prepare paintings for an exhibition, especially if the paintings in your series are all the same size, subject and medium.

Efficiency

  • You can be very efficient when working in series as you can switch to another painting any time you need to take a break from another one.
  • You can take this opportunity to explore a subject, a technique or even colors combination in depth.
  • Overall it will take you less time to finish the paintings if you paint them in a series than if you where painting them linearly,one after the other
  • when the paintings are done, you can streamline all the tasks you have to do after: taking the pictures, posting on your website, social media, print on demand websites….

 

Are you usually working in series? What do you like- or not about it?

 

Here are some pictures of the latest mixed media paintings I did work on, it was a series of 8 paintings: 4 on canvas and 4 on yupo paper mounted on board

You might also be interested in this post: Mounting watercolor paper on board.

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Working with fluid acrylics.

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