Tuesday, April 05, 2011

my painting process

Sometimes people ask me about my painting process; if I sketch, how much I plan, how long it takes (very hard to estimate!) etc. So I thought I could share part of my process, how I started working on three paintings in February. 

My main "problem" is always that I tend to be a little bit too skilful. Therefore I try different approaches to make painting harder, less comfortable, in order to concentrate on my first passionate outburst. This time I decided I shouldn't mount the paper at first and that I should work on three different paintings on the same paper ... so I would have to walk around on it.
Here the paper is still very wet and I take my first pause to have a look at what I've achieved. I never sketch beforehand, but I've normally decided on a certain colour scheme and of course what expression I'm after. (Notice my dirty footsteps on the paper)
Taking a closer look and adding some lines.
The colours start fading when the painting dries...

Then I cut the paper into smaller pieces and mounted the papers on boards in order to continue. This part of the process involves a lot of looking and thinking - and might take some time.
I've had major difficulties finishing this painting. At a certain point it gave me the the finger (literally), but I think I've finally figured out how I'll get it to work. I'll give it a try next week - if it doesn't work then it could be one of those painting that need like half a year. Or one that will never become good enough (I think it has some potential though)

In some days I'll post photos of paintings I've finished lately (two of these).

4 comments:

Daniel Milton said...

Kul att få följa med. Vilket jättepapper!

Frank Zweegers said...

Great job.

nathalie et cetera said...

comme c'est intéressant ! thanks for sharing! --- ça se dit si mal en français, la langue anglaise est souvent plus directe, moins jolie par contre :)

Christine said...

Super fedt at se ind bag processen. Og meget smukke billeder