|“Talked Into It” casein & wax pastel on arches watercolor paper mounted on cradled board 6 x 6″, available here|
The other day, my friend, who has known my paintings for a few years, asked me about my process, “Where do you start?” An interesting question that I never had asked of me before!
Right now in my current paintings I start with a ground color, since I know I’ll typically scrape away parts of the painting to reveal it. Then I think about a general color palette, knowing full well that it’ll change as I paint. And I just go from there, drawing, painting, scribbling, scraping, layering, until I’m happy with where it lands. Sometimes I draw shapes, sometimes words usually from things I’m thinking or a conversation with myself, or what I’m watching on tv or something my husband says. Sometimes it turns into an inside joke with myself and I name the piece after that.
Anyway– I’m thinking of all of this as I continue to post my new small paintings in my Etsy shop.
So tell me, where do you start?