I needed a way to keep my hand in the painting groove while I’m deep in the conceptual phase of a bigger idea. I thought I could try knocking out regular ‘small studies’ (6″ x 6″) but there was always that burning question…
What to paint?
The intention was to practice technique rather than the end result per say, and having to come up with a constant stream of worthy ideas seemed like it was going to be a little more difficult than I thought.
While this small study idea was bubbling around in my head, I went to the cinema to see the new Blade Runner film.
There were so many visually spectacular scenes, it gave me an idea – why not just paint images of things that I enjoy watching. It could be movies, bands… doesn’t matter. But it would be a subject I have some attachment to.
I vowed to start this exercise by painting an image from Blade Runner 2049 and see where things take me from there.