Process : ‘Mapping My Place’

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 their beginnings, through their ‘rough’ phase, and to the finished painting. This is from my finished painting, ‘Mapping My Place’. This is an example of things being extremely messy throughout the process, practically the entire time I was working on it.

© 2017 Kimberli Werner, “Mapping my place”, acrylic, encaustic wax, collage, graphite, on watercolour paper, A3 size.

It was one of those paintings that just was not coming together, at all. I’d do a little bit and put it aside, do a little bit more and put it aside, often for months at a time.

Every move I made felt contrived, difficult, challenging, and chaotic.

I tried drips, moving paint around, collage, more drips, and finally covering most of it up in white and blue. Which finally brought it together.


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