Successful Steps To Make a Series Of Exhibition Paintings

Painting for an exhibition and running it successfully is a tough task for many of the artists. Often the question is “how to create a logically related series of paintings for an art show?” Most of the budding artists are confused on preparing for the first art show. There is a lot of inspiration, hard work, and study involved in bringing a series of paintings for an art exhibition.


I and Ashil, one of my good friends and also a fellow artist discussed today on making one such series of paintings and the hectic work we have to undergo. Today, we have been talking about the significance of creating an organized series of paintings for a gallery show.

Steps To Make a Series Of Exhibition Paintings

I was really amazed at his practical steps to paint a series of exhibition paintings.

  • The first and foremost step is to select a theme.

Selecting a theme is critical for having a beautiful art show. The theme can be related to your genre and type of works you prefer to do. For example, if you are a figurative painter, you can think of painting a series of portraits, famous people, kids etc. For a scenery artist, the subject might be a local site or a season.

  • Painting size.

Next, it is imperative to plan the size of your painting. There is an emotional association related to different formats as the below-listed ones:

If using a horizontal canvas, it implies a serene painting.

Vertical frame= royal, lively

Square frame = uncertain, modern

Standard canvas = conventional

  • Select the number of works for the painting show. If you are planning a large show, try to make a fair number of works. Consider the size of art gallery before you decide the sizes of paintings for the exhibition.
  • Select the color patterns and painting tones for each work.

The focus must be given to the message you are trying to convey to your viewers. What is your idea? The focus of the beholder may go to the color, tone, shape or stroke. All the other factors will contribute to this idea. Always make sure you do not move away from the principal theme.

After completing the painting, keep it aside near the studio wall. Then, re-evaluate your work of art, nip it and craft changes according to the requirements.

Framing is a crucial step. It is a furtherance of the work and the theme. It must be in such a way that it respects the painting without deviating from it. The complete sequence of paintings should be framed with very minute differences.


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