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Painting in Progress

After the go-wild first stage of getting lots of shapes, colors and marks onto the surface, my childlike spontaneity and playfulness shift to quieter evaluation and deliberation. I can feel my connection growing to the piece, seeing shapes and relationships suggesting ideas for its meaning.

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I notice how much dark green there is and consider how I will vary that to provide more contrast and interest. I look at the scale and relationships of the shapes and where and how to edit back or cover up. I consider what additional colors, shapes and marks I might add for visual interest. I wonder whether I will keep the large shape quite so large or even the same shape and color. Glazes could help tone down and unify the bright lavenders with the light yellows.


Then I open the image in Photoshop with this reflective attitude and I use the brush tool to edit and revise. By the end I have three or four printed design and color variations with handwritten notes and arrows showing possible revisions. I've only just started doing this recently and I'm liking how it helps clarify what isn't working yet.


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