I guess it's the teacher in me, but I enjoy showing you the process I go through when painting. First, before I start anything I have brainstorm sessions. I had a session last night with the sketchbook and am literally jumping up and down at the new ideas! I have a nice hardback sketchbook that I make little thumbnail drawings and notes. On one page there might be 8 mini drawings. I really do not like to draw, so these are quick sketches that basically just get the idea out of my head and onto paper. I also have started trying to come up with my own words to add to the paintings, so those go in the book too.
Meanwhile, I've prepped the wood canvases with black gesso. This is a fairly new technique for me. I love the texture paintings (where I put the putty on and carve), but was needing a new technique that wasn't quite so time consuming, but had the same outlined look. I love black outlines.....
I use a white colored pencil to lightly sketch in the composition. Then using HEAVY body acrylics, I paint the first layer of paint on really quickly. I BIG puffy heart my heavy body acrylics. This first layer is painted in a hurry and really loosely. I leave a gutter around all the images to give it a natural outline.
After the first layer dries I start layering the paint. I love to mix wet paint right in the canvas. And yes, I use colors right out of the tube. I never mix on the palette, just right on the canvas. Once the paint has dried the collage elements are added and last but not least, the words. So that's about it in nutshell folks. At this point my head is so spinney with ideas it's crazy. I've got about 20 paintings to go for my show and I have a feeling those paintings will flow seamlessly from the sketchbook to the canvas. Look for more postings on how they all unfold!