Over the years, by visiting artists in their studios and participating in classes, I’ve come to realise that every artist has their own individual process.
Some artists study their subject in detail prior to putting pencil to paper (or paintbrush to canvas) sketching copious drafts. Others simply start drawing without too much thought, others again simply pull out a large brush and give the entire canvas a background wash. I’ve seen artists that draw detailed ruler lines for perfect perspective and others collect materials and systematically store them for use in this or that!
The one thing I’ve taken away from all this is that there are no specific rules to follow.
Here’s a bit of insight into my way of doing things…
You can see the final product here.
To see all this in person, make sure you visit me at my home studio between 28 April and 13 May as part of Margaret River Region Open Studios!
It’s almost perennially windy in Margaret River! That’s one of the reasons I’ve never really taken up en plein air painting since I’ve been here. Instead I prefer to take photos wherever I go, of everything and anything, then use them as “spunti”; ideas for my paintings.
I have a massive archive… way too many external hard drives… full of images that date back to before I even owned a decent camera! They’re a comprehensive history of my life and include copious sunsets and sunrises, rain, snow, magnificent trees, forests and bushland, flowers of all shapes and sizes, equally diverse animals - both two legged and otherwise (funnily enough, I don’t have many snake or shark photos in my archive!!), people wandering down the path walking their dogs/kids/bikes, people talking, eating, drinking, arguing, playing, musicians as they practice their tunes, performance artists as they act, sing, jump and dance…
One of these days, I’ll get to cataloguing them all, and perhaps one day I’ll even print some! But right now, they’re my biggest inspiration and influence in my paintings.
I take photos of photos too… from magazines and billboards or even simply scrolling through facebook. It might be a pose, or a composition, or even just a colour combination. Anything that catches my attention could end up in a painting somehow, some time!
So next time you see me with my camera in hand, make sure you “strike a pose” or wear something completely outlandish, and you might end up being the inspiration for my next work of art!
Ladies and Gentlemen of Margaret River and beyond…
It has been years in the making, plenty of sketch paper thrown in the bin, dozens of canvases recycled, and countless balls thrown to distract the dog, but it’s official…
I’ll be participating in the 2018 edition of Margaret River Region Open Studios!
I even have my very own page on the www.mrros.com.au website!
So, make sure you start organising your visit around the region between 28 April and 13 May 2018!
Stay tuned, as I’ll be adding further details as the event nears and make sure you follow me on facebook or instagram to keep up with preparations!