Process : ‘Appearing’ painting

I love it when artists share their processes, and the ways a painting gets started to where it ends up. I am a big fan of layers. I will be working on at least 5-6 paintings at once, all at different stages. That way, there is always something new to work on, my layers have time to dry before I start the next one, and if I don’t like something I did, I can cover it up with the next layer.

Here is the next in my series, showing how my paintings grow from the beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting.

In this painting, I was experimenting with shellac and wax and setting it on fire. It didn’t work quite as I expected, and ended up more charred than interesting. I then tried to save it with some stripes of white acrylic paint. Again, once I let this one sit for a while on my work table, I decided that the distinct lines needed to disappear. I smoothed them out and added some brighter colours for the end piece.

 

‘Appearing’ painting process
© 2016 Kimberli Werner, ’Appearing’, encaustic wax, glitter, acrylic, collage on canvas, 6” x 6”

 

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Product : ‘To Light the Dark’ painting print

The original of this painting, ‘To Light the Dark’, is only a 4″ x 4″ sized painting, but you can buy it in larger prints, or even framed.

© 2015 Kimberli Werner, ‘To Light the Dark’, encaustic wax and collage on paper, 4” x 4”.

 

 

 

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Inspiration

Inspiration finds me at odd moments. I usually try to carry my camera with me to catch these moments, but sometimes I just have to remember. A lot of times, it is a colour that I will notice that I want to try to replicate. Or maybe the way the light is hitting a leaf or branch. Or maybe I just want to see what happens when I dribble some ink on the paper and take a roller over it, and I can enjoy the randomness and chaos of the results.

I also really like macro photography, and try to take macro photos of my work-in-progress, to really see what is happening at the inner levels of the painting.

Detail, from ‘Appearing’, © 2016 Kimberli Werner

 

Snails in a drystone wall, © 2018 Kimberli Werner

 

Detail from ‘Spirit of Celebration’, © 2016 Kimberli Werner

 

Views of Hadrian’s wall, © 2018 Kimberli Werner

 

 

 

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