My technique is one of creation-destruction-creation as I gradually tease out a finished piece. I am not sad when I destroy a part…it is part of the story. Creation comes from this if I allow my picture to evolve.
As the painting progresses I might make colour changes. I add layers, take parts away or make new marks. I rely on my feelings and let the painting ‘speak’ to me. Knowing when to stop is the hard part.
Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work. I love the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance. The element of surprise is appealing as the surface changes along the way.
Some take weeks of scraping back and changing course whilst others come together quickly without too much stress. More often there is a battle of wills as I fight the canvas for an acceptable outcome but these challenges keep me focused and prevent complacency.
Here are some recent paintings as they progressed...