is better than having a single individualistic style of working ."
Schmid calls the first method "Line and Mass Block-In." This method is good for organizing complex compositions, or large paintings with numerous figures or object. First the canvas is toned, then draw and mass in tones by scumbling, or using an oil wash. Finally, cover with opaque pigment. Lines should define borders between shapes without adding volume. Two drawbacks to this method is that is that it is time consuming and the quality of edges may suffer when finishing paint is applied because of a tendency to paint up to the "lines" but not into them. If you are interested in learning from this master artist, check out the monthly on-line lessons called Learning From Richard Schmid presented by Katie Swatland. She has created a marvelous opportunity to watch and learn to paint as if you were right there in Schmid's class. In my next blog post, I will share more of Schmid's starting methods. Until then ... Peace & Love