Process : "The Spirit of Celebration"

Process : "The Spirit of Celebration"

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 'A Spirit of Celebration'. Maybe I was celebrating the actual end of a painting?

Nine small images of an abstract mixed media painting in -progress, with white, red, pink, orange, and blue paint colours.

Painting, ‘Spirit of Celebration’, encaustic wax, acrylic, pastel and collage on canvas, 20.32cm x 25.4cm.

© 2016 Kimberli Werner, ‘Spirit of Celebration’, encaustic wax, acrylic, leaf, pastel and collage on canvas, 8” x 10”.

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