I need to be in the mood. Some kind of mood that is not too funky at least. So I typically start a studio day with a run or some form of exercise to get me out of my environment. Then I can really settle in to what I’m doing.
Next: make tea, snacks, turn the heat up and get in my favorite painting shirt.
Before turning on the music du jour, I’ll often sit and meditate. I try to do this every morning. Meditation is another subject, but I feel that it has slowly had a quiet and profound effect on my life. For the sake of today’s conversation, I will just say that it quiets down the noise, and allows creativity to flow. It gets rid of the thinking brain, and allows for uninhibited movement on the canvas. Whenever I am in a funk, I’ll take five and sit quietly. In the sun if possible.
Most of my paintings come from intimate interaction with the world. To paint the mountains, first I climb them and ski down. To paint the desert, first I go there, and sleep in the desert, and climb its red rock walls. In this way, there is a deep knowing and loving of the subject. So much so, that I have to paint it.
For this painting, the feeling of the dim lights, and the warm fuzzy conversation of friends, is the knowing behind the wine art.
I have different ways of painting, but for this “lighter” subject matter, this illustrative style I am creating for my licensing company, I begin with free-form collaging.
Next, there is paint mixing to get the colors I want, paint layers, illustration layers, and the finishing touches on the wine labels. The time between these layers may be hours or days. Or on some paintings, weeks. Occasionally I’ll even put one away for months before pulling it out again. And of course, some just never work out.
Voila – another fun exploration, another sparkling painting on my kitchen wall.
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