After all the color shapes are filled in, we have a good foundation layer for our painting. All subsequent color shapes and refinements will be added on top of this foundation layer, using the colors of these six shapes to help determine the accuracy of your additions.

If you haven't ever used this method to begin a painting, it may seem a bit odd at first because at this stage the painting doesn't look like much. Most artists are used to seeing a more recognizable image once they have the whole canvas covered. Anyone else viewing your painting at this point might even wonder what you're painting, but this groundwork can make the rest of your painting much easier to do. To see how a foundation like is used to help create a finished painting, please view Tutorial 1 and Tutorial 2.

To see how the technique of average it out applies to line and shape, please see Surround the Group