Sunday, May 3, 2009
La Vie en Rose
Sometimes I like to be led into a painting by starting with no particular idea and letting the first bursts of colour and shape determine the end result. To do this I must be in a fluid mind-set and not give a damn what happens.
These three paintings were done this way, using strong watercolour washes and plastic-wrap to create movement. After the paper dries I remove the plastic-wrap and stare at it, trying to conjure up an idea to develop further. I find it sometimes helps to do this with a glass of wine in hand but then I won't feel like painting so much so I wait till the next day. Usually the idea sticks and I can then attack with abandon.