Although I have been able to whip up tutorials for some paintings I have made, like The Sigh Painting and The Circles Painting, with other paintings I find it impossible to chronicle what I did because it happened accidentally. I swooshed paint around and something interesting came of it. But, not one to disappoint a blog friend, I’m going to try harder to document the process of painting. But while I wait for the perfect tutorial to create itself, I thought I’d share a few glimpses into my process.
I almost aways need to create a rough copy. I don’t intend to do this, but it seems to take awhile for the creative juice to flow and for my hands to reacquaint themselves with a brush. Take, for example, the original (unseen!) painting I made for the bathroom:
I liked parts of it so I attempted a second painting, aiming to create something only slightly different. What I ended up with was more different than intended, but I liked the end result (which is rare for me).
So my first tip is this: Don’t try to make something for a space. Allow yourself the luxury of “trial runs”. Play with the paint – experiment. If you are finding canvases too expensive to play around with, use heavy artist’s paper, or even cardboard, for experimentation.