Hope you find this inspiring, helpful or interesting.
The inspiration for this painting came from a small child playing along the water like a ballerina.
I found pleasure in her graceful movements and particularly in the way she pointed her toe. I also loved the fact that she was holding hands with someone I assumed to be her mother since connecting is an underlying theme throughout most of my paintings. I quickly took the included photograph and used it as a guide in my studio.
The second photo is when I let myself apply paint to the panel without considering color or value. It's not finished or pretty but a loosening up exercise that I learned from www.melindacootsona.com. Putting down paint in a childlike manner spurs my creativity and opens up new possibilities.
"Discovery" 28 x 22" oil painting on cradled wood panel available at https://chasengalleries.com/artist/jade-gates or call (941) 260 5787
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.