First step is to choose a small image and grid it into no more than 10x12. Draw a corresponding grid of one-inch squares on a painting support (I am using large color swatches from Yolo Colorhouse that I picked up at Scrap).
Fill in the squares. If there's a lot happening, make a mix that averages the contents of the square. Some squares, not too many, can be broken down using a straight line.
This one is almost all filled in. I'm leaving it like this.
I made a second example and took it one step further:
All squares blocked in.
Some scraping is necessary so I can change and add color that I left out on the first pass. It's good practice to leave things out. A common beginner error is to want to put in every single visible thing. Editing lets the viewer's brain have more fun seeing more than what's there.
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