notes on process
From my sketchbook, these are a few notes to myself--things I try to keep in mind as I work. I share them in hopes they might be of use to someone else. Maybe you have something to add?
*Don't get too attached to a certain part of a painting...this leads to wasting way too much time trying to get the rest of the painting to work that around that one area. The whole painting should evolve organically. Nothing is too precious to change. (Also known as "be willing to kill your little darlings.")
*Follow bold impulses.
*When something isn't working, check to see if there is too much or too little going on. Often it is one or the other causing the problem.
*Know when to quit. A new direction or resolution will be a lot more obvious the next day or after a cup of coffee. How many times have I ended up in muddy chaos because I couldn't seem to stop?
*When ending up in muddy chaos, don't despair. Nothing is ever really lost in this game.
*Let one type of tension dominate the painting. More than one and they will compete with each other...if there is a strong dark/light contrast, limit the color or textural contrasts.