I’ve recently been thinking about my working process. For me, deciding what to paint is extremely difficult, because so much captures my attention – Squirrel! The rule about creating a “consistent body of work” vexes me to no end.
Most of the time I have a camera tethered to me, with which I’m shooting madly, but still trying to be mindful of creatively composing with the viewfinder. Then sorting through literally thousands of photographs, a mind numbing exercise, gets me an image worth painting. I look for how the light hits the landscape – It’s all about the light and interesting shapes and creating an image that’s so much more interesting than a camera can ever capture.
In the evolution of a painting, it goes through at least one really ugly stage before it appears to have promise. Then there’s knowing when to stop, which is a consistent problem for everyone one I know. Many a painting has been ruined because I just couldn’t let it go. The best part is leaving a painting and coming back to it a day or two later and discovering that there’s something worth framing! Squirrel!