My current project is taking forever. Good for you if you have been reading along. I’m almost done.
Most of my painting sessions begin by me stumbling around in the fog. Generally I don’t know what I’m going to do when I start. My fogginess usually involves me pacing or going for a walk and thinking about what my next steps are. Of course my overall painting has a finished image in mind but how I get there is usually a foggy mystery.
I have been working on this large canvas for a while now. A down side of stretching a project out this long is that ideas and techniques change. My current method involves working on sections of the painting — but not to a finished state. I like to keep the painting at the same degree of finish for all areas.
For this project I realize I have actually been working in a circular pattern. I started in the top left and worked my way clockwise — more or less. Once the circle is complete I will start refining areas. Although my intentions are to never let an area become more polished or finished it does happen. When this happens I have to suppress the urge to jump back to a previous section and finish it in the same way— but no I have a process And I will stick to it.
This week almost all the main areas of the painting have been completed to a mostly done level. Now I can start jumping around and polishing and tweaking. The tweaking process begins.
Have a look at the following thumbnails. I have ordered them according to when they have been worked on.
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