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.
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Don’t you 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, there was a lot, I mean A LOT of experimentation. As you can see from the first photo (top left), there were already a lot of layers before I even decided to take a photo of the progression. Reading left to right, there was the addition of textural layers of encaustic wax, a whole white paint do-over, a flip of the canvas, a little colour to show off the texture, more colour, another complete white do-over and a flip of the canvas, then a canvas flip back, and then a whole new colour palette began to appear. The finished painting is called ‘Spirit of Celebration’. Maybe I was celebrating the actual end of a painting?