One of the new simple approach paintings that I am working on at present is making slow but steady progress. The base of the canvas has now been completed:
A basic, no nonsense, starting point created using a specifically mixed pot of paint. The next stage of the process is to add some imagery inspired by these:
I am going against my usual code of practice and not doing any preparatory sketches for this painting. The imagery will be developed directly onto the canvas. Although when I work from preparatory sketches things often develop and change as a painting progresses, it is liberating (and a bit frightening) to not have this usual safety net.
I am hoping that this new approach will help freshen up my mark making and hone my basic observation skills. I have no idea what the final image will look like, or if I will develop the background any further. This exploration into the unknown is exciting and, now feeling refreshingly inspired, something that I obviously needed to do to get out of my recent painting rut.
The only thought I have in mind is that I want the final image to be quite detailed in places using small brushwork. When I am in the right frame of mind I really enjoying working on small details. By putting on some music and painting in a concentrated and focussed way, I can get lost in my own little world and forget my troubles for a couple of hours. Thinking about it, this escapism is probably what I enjoy the most about the painting process.