Post Web 3 is of course the third painting in my Post Web Series of paintings – naturally!
This painting evolves from the previous 2 paintings in the sense that I started to “take control” of the randomness that I was using to establish the composition. By the time I had completed the image I was in total control and no longer relied upon “happy accidents” for direction.
After my long hiatus from being an artist this painting was starting to get me back into the “art mode”. I intend to have nearly full control in my next painting – Post Web 4.
During the process of creating the painting in Post Web 2 (my previous painting project) I became enthused with the idea of using solid brush strokes and well defined shapes outlined in black. I wanted to create the shapes randomly with as little thought as possible. I would then render the shapes using tonal values to create a sense of depth and a source of light.
Naturally I would allow myself to break any rules that I imposed on my painting or rules that apply to painting in general.
Step 1: my first move was to simply cover the canvas in random colours. I “dribbled” some black wet paint on the canvas while it was vertical. This allowed the paint to run and create random shapes and patterns. I then defined some of the larger shapes using a brush and black paint.
Step 2: I first selected and defined the shapes that would be the dark areas of the composition by painting them flat black. The other shapes I started filling in with colours of a much lighter key. I let the dribbled lines in the previous step determine these shapes.
Step 3: after I had painted all the smaller lighter shapes I decided there were too many small shapes to deal with. I chose to combine them into larger shapes and outline them in thick black lines. I also started to add colour to the solid black shapes.
Within the black shapes I added solid strokes of colour and allowed the shapes to define the direction that the brush strokes would follow. This method would help determine the form of the shapes.
Step 4: I did all the dark shapes first resisting the temptation to work on light colours at the same time. I wanted my process to be very methodical. This allowed me to work in more of a meditative Zen mode. Eventually I did give into my desire to add strokes to the lighter shapes.
Step 5: after all the shapes had colour added, composition adjusted and form defined I started adding a second and third lighter value stroke to each colour. In step 2 above I had decided to pre-mix my colours in small containers. This allowed me to pick up a brush at any time – day or night – and make minor or major adjustments.
Step 6: this step was all about minor adjustments and tweaking. It was at this stage than I began seriously experimenting with multiple layers of colour glazing to create a sense of depth and lighting on the individual shapes. I was quite happy letting each shape have its own light source (if that’s what the shape desired).
Step 7: here we are at the final stage. It’s just a matter of refinement and a nice shiny and protective clear coat. I felt really good about the final results. Even more satisfying is the feeling of being mentally primed to exploit what I have just learned and applying it to my next painting.