Don't you love it when artists share their processes, and the ways a painting gets started to where it ends up? This painting took 3 years, from beginning to end! And, in the end, decided it wanted to be postcard sized artworks instead of a big A3.
This was one of those paintings that kept getting worked on, then set aside, then worked on, then set aside. You can see, in the beginning, I was in experimentation mode - there's a bit of fire and burning, sewing and stitching, collage, and paint. The burning didn't turn out anything like I was thinking it would, so the process began to cover it up - more collage, ink drips, more paint.
Then, I went through a couple of rounds of "white-outs", where I didn't like the direction the painting was going, so I painted over it in white. Both of these white-outs were during our first strict lockdown in the UK - where I wasn't feeling very creative or inspired. Next up, an explosion of colour, which coincided with the second strict lockdown. For some reason, I was more inspired this time around. Then, I began to see a couple of areas in the larger painting that would work as smaller pieces, and decided to cut them out, and continue working on the piece as a whole, knowing it would eventually be split into smaller pieces again. And, finally, in the last photo, I added a few flicks of paint and called it finished!
Like these paintings? You can now buy each of the small originals in my shop!