As artists we are always thinking of the next painting or project. Sometimes it's obvious what is next and other times it eludes us. For me it's mostly about evolving as an artist, pushing my work in new directions towards that hidden destination.
I'm not sure if this is because of Art School practise or it's creativity weaving it's magic. I think I can fairly give credit to both sides.
When browsing my art journal this week I was reminded of my mantra for 2017 - 'evolve'. On reflecting on my work I will be choosing the parts that work best and pushing them in new directions, testing, adjusting, evolving....flowing where the tide of creativity takes me. This is what makes creating exciting and unpredictable....you never know what is around the corner.
I will be sharing some of my working practices here, journaling my creative journey.
The image below is a page from my working journal. My artist journal is a place I can scribble all those fleeting ideas and inspiration before they are forgotten. It's a great place to start when the next painting eludes you.
Below - Where the painting begins.....some notes on my latest painting 'Evening Song'. There are no rules here and often noted ideas don't make it into the painting - at the end of the day you have to go where the painting suggests.
Below - A working painting sketch helping to decide the horizon line and mix of colours for the painting 'Evening Song'.
Maybe some brighter colours? Maybe working towards abstraction?
When I work late into the night I make some notes for the next morning.