Growing a painting

It starts with a pattern. After using some preprinted patterns, I made my own in drypoint & printed a few sheets to have more to experiment with. Then an image or three bubble up, one takes root, and it begins.

Studio Chaos, Ordered, 1st phase

Studio Chaos, Ordered, 1st phase

A few spots of color here and there to get the process going, working all over the page.


Studio Chaos, Ordered-2nd phase

Studio Chaos, Ordered-2nd phase

The most important parts assert themselves first.

Studio Chaos, Ordered-3rd Phase

Studio Chaos, Ordered-3rd Phase

The pattern’s structure builds and simultaneously breaks spatial planes.

Studio Chaos, Ordered  2018 Watercolor on paper, 9.75 x 13.5″

Studio Chaos, Ordered

2018
Watercolor on paper, 9.75 x 13.5″

The parts I resisted the most–blank walls, various piles of chaos–end up being the most interesting to work on.

Studio Chaos Study  2018  Oil on canvas, 12x16”

Studio Chaos Study

2018

Oil on canvas, 12x16”

More interested in exploring how pattern would affect an image than which image to use, I grabbed a recent study of my studio as inspiration.

Disordered chaos…

Disordered chaos…