The Creative Process

Developing painting ideas on the canvas is such a rich experience. There are times I might sketch out an idea, but these ideas are normally very loose. They also morph into other ideas along the way, adding or changing it up all together depending on how I feel, the images in my mind translate onto the canvas. It's not always easy, but it's always heartwarming, when it comes together. As long as I have a painting in my studio, on my walls or in the gallery, until it is in the hands of a customer, my work is ever changing, and always evolving as is Life.
 
Review My Creative Process and come along for the journey, as I share this experience. Pour a glass of wine, a cup of tea or coffee, whatevery you like to savor and let your mind take in what my paintings have to say. 
Layering the Canvas
Layering the Canvas

Layering with a Palette Knife, with Acrylic white paint is my first step. Then oil is pushed into nooks and crannies without a thought of imagery. Noticing the details along the way is so enjoyable. Squeezing gobs of oil paint onto the dried acrylic textures and Pushing it into the cracks with Paper Towels, then Wiping it off and leaving it to dry. Labor intensive but well worth the work it takes for this initial step.

Phase 1 - COVID19 Mask
Phase 1 - COVID19 Mask

This painting will be a collage of 2020 - It wasn't long after the New Year as things started to unravel, and COVID19 which our current President told us was nothing that would touch our shores, and it will "Just go Away." In March we were given orders to Shelter In Place, as people began to die and everything changed for all Americans and people around the world. Masking was our best defense but many of Trump followers don't abide by it as they listen to Trump and elected not to wear masks.

Phase 3 - Pakalolo / Cannabis
Phase 3 - Pakalolo / Cannabis

Cannabis leaves are intertwined into the Plumeria Lei / Peace & Love, to convey the need to De-Stress during this time of COVID19, Black Lives Matter, and a Dictator Style Presidency of Trump.

Layering the Canvas
Layering the Canvas

Layering with a Palette Knife, with Acrylic white paint is my first step. Then oil is pushed into nooks and crannies without a thought of imagery. Noticing the details along the way is so enjoyable. Squeezing gobs of oil paint onto the dried acrylic textures and Pushing it into the cracks with Paper Towels, then Wiping it off and leaving it to dry. Labor intensive but well worth the work it takes for this initial step.

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Some paintings take only a step or two, and others many more*

The most labor intensive portion, is beginning my oil paintings. Using white acrylic paint with a palette knife, letting it dry, then gobbing on oil paint to be pushed into the nooks and crannies only to be wiped away. This leaves a sort of staining process and defines the strokes of the palette knife. It's very satisfying seeing all the details come to life. And then the imagery begins ~