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What are the advantages of working in series

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. I did find that there were many advantages working in series, as it is a very efficient and stress free way to paint.

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paint in series

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.
how to work on multiple paintings at a time

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

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fluid acrylic on canvas

Working with fluid acrylics.

painting an abstract background
abstract background to start painting from imagination

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painting the negative space with white acrylic

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painting around the flowers and the vase
glazing over flowers
working in series to paint flowers
adding designs with a sharpie marker
adding patterns with pen and ink

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filling out the spaces in lace pattern
grid based pattern with pen and ink
painting flowers in series
working on many paintings at the same time
drawing with a dripper
grid based zentangle patterns in flower painting
whimsical designs
drawing patterns free hand
zentangles with dipping pen
filling the space with grid based pattern
complex patterns with multiple colors
cleaning up the sides of your painting
adding d-rings to the back of the paintings
d-ring at the back of paintings