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.
This painting was one of the first ones I ever did, so I was experimenting with all sorts of mediums. I think I threw a bit of everything into it, including leaves. I reused a piece of watercolour paper that I had played around on with collage and geometrics. Then, I put on a lot of paint, bubble wrap printing, wax drippings, and more collage. I decided to cover about half of it over with white paint – kind of like a do-over – but I was loving the textures that were beginning to show up. Next, I tried some more collage, adding crumpled foil, a Japanese Maple leaf, and even some evergreen branches. Once that was dry, more colour was added, and more drips, pastels and acrylic.
I finally put it aside for a few months, and ended up liking it. So far, this one isn’t for sale, it is just for me, but I am keeping my options open.
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