Paint Out Loud...the story behind the art
A little video about how I started this painting. This is really a fun part of painting for me. I believe in the beauty of paint and I want to provide the hands that allow it to smear and drip and change colors and intensity. For me it is important to work up some energy on the canvas.
Typically when I am painting, I like to know that I have the time to take it almost to completion. I used to do alot of stop and starts, but I try not to do that anymore...it breaks the energy. I will take breaks during the process. Step away and come back and look at it again. Or I will take it outside in a different light to see what it looks like, or put it up on a wall in my house and get some distance from it. But I do that once I have started moving the painting in a direction.
At some point in all the fun I have to start making decisions. For this painting those decisions are directed by my inspiration. I must leave some things out, I must choose a color direction, I must make sure there are enough darks. But even when I do that, I try my best not to think too much, and to be as intuitive and spontaneous as possible.
I am looking for the surprises that happen with the paint and this spontaneous approach and almost always they are the most beautiful.
I started with a canvas that has already been painting, but for a number of reasons just did not make the cut. I like painting-over. Lots of nice texture and color alrea;dy there. The photo below is right after I covered over the canvas. It is beautiful just like this!
If you want to watch my progress go on to the next post: http://www.nandavisart.com/paint-out-loud/aretha-and-i-working-together