Concept To Completion


Adventure Location: Rockport,Texas

Adventure Date: 12-30-2021

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Please keep in mind we are not saying this is how to do it. We are light years away from that ability and knowledge level. It is just a short history of how this painting developed this time.

Tonight we do the first picture in progress effort at reporting about a painting during the painting.

The first and very difficult part for the OFM Teams is to decide on a basic painting concept. Then the colors we will use have to get thought out very extensively. In the OFM situation all those above thoughts have to be written down for reference over the multiple weeks of work.

So finally we have a concept of layout and a wild guess as to the color scheme for the painting. Some color is applied to start the creative juices drooling on things.

Now we start to develop the general scheme more in detail. Colors chosen can change and flop around and arrangements of ideas can be flopped all over the place for several times of thinking.

Now we get to looking at details and what type of details and even if details. Everything is carefully being considered including throw it away and start over.

Now we are in the last stretch of the effort. Close care and choices are more critical and speed of application of the art efforts gets really slow. The blending and fading and lots of other joining of the colors and shapes becomes very serious and careful. The OFM is definitely in way over his head in this part of the effort.

And finally it is time for the “artist” to just quit and call it finished or trash.

No matter all the scalp scratching, the OFM doesn't have any hair to pull, and other nervous fidgets You get what you produced. AND we guarantee that the OFM considers this to be a wonderful way of trying to have tooooo much fun.


  1. I'm no artist by any means, but I definitely believe you are. I think you did a wonderful job of explaining your process.

  2. You say it's a wonderful way of having fun, but your description sounds more like torture.


  3. You definitely have the layout thing nailed. And I noticed you mentioned it in passing like it was nothing. But it can really make or break something I think, and you always do that very very well, as far as I am concerned. I struggle with it...not to mention the struggle with color and later decisions you comment on more.
    I've never seen that type of cactus,so looked it up. Apparently it likes sand, and I've rarely been in sandy places.

  4. And I pushed the wrong button, so didn't get the space to say thanks for doing this.

  5. Picking the right colors is the hardest thing for me with my coloring. I really enjoyed this tutorial, I hope you enjoyed writing it for us!

    1. It turned out to be more fun than I thought it would be. I use a color wheel a lot.

  6. Very nicely done!
    Do you use the color wheel to find the opposite color
    or more than that?

  7. The ending result is beautiful. Thank you for the walk through. Have a great New Years eve.

  8. Blog Update from the OFM.
    Due to right foot injury, the Teams have cancelled leaving until the foot is healed. The blog will go on.