Science of Staging

1. Find the best surface you can. a. Preferably a canvas

2. Prime the canvas
a. Preferably with oil painting primer in white color

  1. Choose a painting from Caravaggio

  2. Draw the composition of the painting in simple lines on your prepared surface

  3. Now choose your own content to fit into this composition; you can paint whatever subject you

    enjoy. The following is an objective attempt to paint something disciplined, hoping that it would engage the eye longer.

    1. Surface #1: Pick two colors to paint the background in a soft and thin gradient. Treat this layer as the sky.

    2. Surface #2: Pick a quality that could be associated with the ground/floor to encounter the sky that you have painted. This surface is going to be the spot for staging other subjects.

    3. Surface #3: Pick a quality to paint a subject on the foreground that could encounter the qualities of the previous surface, the floor.

    4. Pick a quality to paint a subject that could be a response to the qualities of the Surface #3.

    5. Keep introducing new surfaces to continue painting subjects which respond to the qualities of the previous surfaces.

    6. Keep repeating level 5.e until you exhaust the composition you chose from Caravaggio’s paintings.

    7. Always pay attention to the surface qualities rather than your subject. Pai nt contrasting qualities: Far and close, rigid and soft, alien and familiar, stable and shaky, floating and heavy, and etc.

    8. Use different brushes for different surfaces.

    9. Paint different surfaces in different ways.

      1. Change the direction you apply the paint with brush.

      2. Paint in tiny and giant strokes.

1. As you progress with the painting scale down the size of your brush. iii. Do your best and your worst.

1. Push your limits, painting one surface as realistic as you can, then paint surface as crude as you can.

iv. Don’t think about the subject of a surface after you chose it. Try to perceive rather than conceptualizing.