Creating a painting, the route I take:
I want to share a peek into my head as I create a painting.
I start by staring at the blank canvas on my easel, trying to connect to it, trying to feel it…
At this stage, I want either silence, but mostly rather loud music, the choice of music depends on my mood.
I page through my references, of which I have a stash in printed images, but also tons on my phone.
In this case, I knew I wanted to do something with this hands image I printed months ago but never got to use.
Just make a start:
I don’t have I idea what I want to do with the rest of the painting but I make my start by using the hands.
I applied the golden rule of placing it on a third of the canvas, usually, I end up starting right in the middle, almost a no-go in art, technically speaking.
I trust the painting to navigate me in a direction from here on as I am not good with planning, neither in my artworks nor in my life!!!
Now I sit back and start paging through my phone and my printed images.
I saw this beautiful little sculpture on Pinterest and took a screenshot of her for inspiration a while ago.
As Picasso famously said: “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal”
So I decided to pretend that I am a “great” artist and “stole” this image for my painting from the artist: Michael Pickle De – Do yourself a favor and check out his work.
As birds keep on popping into my paintings, this theme was almost a natural choice to add.
Except for the fact that I love birds, birds also represents freedom to me. And everyone who really know me, know what a high premium I put on freedom. The cage, always with an open door, strengthen this message.
I have an inherent urge to grow in all aspects of my life, therefore you will often see images of plants that symbolizes growth in my paintings.
Although I seldom paint flowers, a client recently asked me to add a little daisy to a waterdrop painting she bought, this little daisy inspired me unconsciously to add the flowers to the narrative.
The little Delft bowl is to enhance the feeling of fragility I tried to convey in this painting.
I do my writing, studying and reading early morning in my bed and as always, our Ginger cat, my loyal companion, accompany me, She is my alarm clock, waking me up at half past 5 each morning by pulling my hair with her mouth, and my accountability partner, making sure that I start working then!
I hope you enjoyed this post and the little insight into my process?