I am often asked where the ideas for my paintings come from. This is especially relevant for a painting series where there is a need for a common through-line to tie the images together.
The following are the stages I used for developing and completing my most recent painting series ‘Fluidity‘.
My latest series entitled ‘Fluidity’, began as an idea about our feelings of connectedness to water and the ocean. I brainstormed on a few different visual ideas that resonated with me specifically based around this topic.
Once I had a number of visual ideas sorted, I looked for additional narratives that could tie the images together, whether this is theme, colours, progression from light to dark etc. I locked in on producing seven images with each one tied to a sin/virtue pairing.
Next up is sourcing canvas’, gessoing and laying out the image on each support. Underpainting the image is a way to get the general feel and proportions of the image without worrying too much at this stage about having the final colour (or sometimes even the correct value) sorted. At this stage you can make some adjustments to the overall composition before committing to the final painting layer.
Final Painting Stage
Once happy with the look and feel of the underpaintings I could proceed with completing the final layers to bring the image up to the correct saturation, colour and value.
Preparing Painting for Hanging
All that is left to do now is wait for the image to dry, varnish (to protect the surface from dirt and grime), add hanging wire and take photographs.
Then of course the most important part, show your work!