There are a thousand ways to begin a painting, and I've tried them all, from starting with a faint idea to spending days creating a plan of gesture, color and value.
Studying the basics is invaluable although what I find of equal importance is a routine of showing up in my studio and painting.
As Julia Child aptly stated:
"The only way you learn how to flip things, is just to flip them"
These photographs show the progress of "Intrigue" a 35" x 45" oil painting. I titled it "Intrigue" because it appeared out of thin air.
I’ve always loved to dance and when I want to
loosen up in the studio, I turn up the music and start to move.
Perhaps someday I’ll get the nerve to make a dance video, for now,
just want to share the idea with all my fellow artists or truly anyone that
wants a break. I figure that’s just about everyone right now!
Dancers 24” x 20” oil painting available @ChasenGalleries
It can take me up to 3 months to finish a painting. One layer after another. Turning it upside down and even hanging it on the wall to live with it for awhile. Every painting seems to come around in it's own time. This painting started bright and almost garish so I put it aside for awhile. When I returned these calm colors seemed to flow right across the panel. Then I knew the woman was moving forward and the painting was done,
"Forward" available at Chasen Galleries
22 x 28" oil painting on cradled wood panel