5 steps in creating painting


5 steps in creating painting


There is a process of making for every product we see. It is the same with paintings: you have an idea, then you make sketch, transferring it on canvas, take your brushes and paint. It might be not good in the beginning, but for sure it will be better with time. And as in any other thing, the more you practice, the better it will be.

“Little Joseph” is one of my paintings that are very dear to me. My 4 years old son have those tiny shoes, size 22, in vivid colors. He left them on the balcony, on some red fruit crate. I was drinking my first coffee when the sun shined upon them. It was amazing how beautiful they were! The colors, the shadows and the way they were laid on the crate – it was perfect composition. I was reminded of a Bible story of Joseph, who received a cloth of many colors as a gift from his father. That is where the title “Little Joseph” came from. I had to paint them.

Here is the whole process in 5 steps in creating painting.


Step 1: Drawing


This is how I start. In the beginning, I was making just a simple sketch of something I wanted to paint, but than I was often tempted to improvise. Now I tend more to have a precise drawing, like this on the photo below. Than I transfer the drawing on canvas, using graphite paper, which saves time.


Step 1: Drawing
5 steps in creating painting: Step 1- Drawing

Step 2: Blocking in


After I make the sketch on canvas, I continue with blocking in (painting areas that are in shadow) , using only Burnt Umber and Raw Sienna. This process helps me to see the depth on the canvas and in the same time, emphasize light areas.


Step 2: Blocking in
Step 2: Blocking in

Step 3: Adding color


I paint with acrylics and I paint in layers. Here is the first layer. It is very thin. This helps me to see how certain colors will fit on canvas and if I don’t like any, I can easily cover them with other color later.

Step 3: Adding color
Step 3: Adding color

Step 4: Adding layers


Once I know the exact colors, I apply thin layers of paint upon them. When the paint is on the canvas, it becomes more transparent, so as the light goes through the layers, it gives the depth on the painting at the end.

Step 4: Adding layers
Step 4: Adding layers

Step 5: Finished painting


The painting is basically done in Step 4. In this last step, I just check the details or adding color here and there (usually white at this point) if I want to emphasize some detail. But, this is the hardest step for me, because at some point I have to say: “Now it’s finished”, and I am always tempted to add one more brush-stroke 🙂

Here is the final painting. I hope you enjoyed.

5 steps in creating painting "Little Joseph"
5 steps in creating painting “Little Joseph”

Free media – day 85


Free media


As I was searching online about the freedom of the media, I’ve found this:


The United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;

this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference,

and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”


Not in my country, United Nations, not in my country.


"Free media", archival pen on paper (10,5cm x 14,5cm)
“Free media”, archival pen on paper (10,5cm x 14,5cm)

Viktor – day 82




This is portrait of my older son Viktor (9).

He loves Minecraft, pixel art and has a dream to become scientist.

Few years ago, he told me that he would make a machine that can make us invisible.


I hope you will do it one day, son. We all need to be invisible sometimes.


"Viktor", acrylic on MDF board (7cm x 9cm)
“Viktor”, acrylic on MDF board (7cm x 9cm)

Fire alarm – day 79


Fire alarm


Truth be told:

We didn’t start the fire.

It was always burning,

since the world’s been turning.

We didn’t start the fire.

No, we didn’t light it,

but we tried to fight it.


"Fire alarm", acrylic on MDF board (9cm x 10cm)
“Fire alarm”, acrylic on MDF board (9cm x 10cm)


Nutshell – day 67


This painting is a tribute to Alice In Chains, 
one of the bands I love a lot and had huge influence on me.




We chase misprinted lies

We face the path of time

And yet I fight

And yet I fight

This battle all alone

No one to cry to

No place to call home…

"Nutshell", acrylic on hardboard (8cm x 8cm)
“Nutshell”, acrylic on hardboard (8cm x 8cm)

Cassette – day 49




Back then, this was the recipe:

1. Find cassette with the music you like

2. Put it in deck 1

3. Put empty cassette in deck 2

4. Press play on deck 1

5. Press play/record on deck 2

6. Wait, wait, wait…

7. Congratulation


And yes, that’s how old I am.

"Cassette", acrylic on visit card (5,5cm x 8,5cm)
“Cassette”, acrylic on visit card (5,5cm x 8,5cm)




Piece of cake – day 48


Piece of cake


Today is day 48 of my project “100 days of mini art”.

To be honest, sometimes it is very hard to choose what to paint,

but sometimes is just piece of cake.

"Piece of cake", acrylic on hardboard (9cm x 13cm)
“Piece of cake”, acrylic on hardboard (9cm x 13cm)

Little cactus – day 47


Little cactus

This little cactus have a soft heart.

The lemon tree in the pot beside, thinks that it may kill him one day.

I don’t.

"Little cactus", acrylic on hardboard (9cm x 12cm)
“Little cactus”, acrylic on hardboard (9cm x 12cm)