I am not the type to keep an ongoing sketchbook handy or spend hours developing compositions. Maybe I should, but nah. I follow my intuition, allowing an idea to unfold in its own way. Occasionally I will play around with elements of an idea but it soon gets trashed or to goes straight to canvas. The following is how this particular series came into being.
I wanted to break out of a rut so I played with some collage elements to get some stuff out of my system. This particular bit of play made me really happy ~ and before long it was onto color mixing and creating patterned paper with my Gel Plate. My artwork is as much assembled as traditionally painted. I use the patterned paper to collage into forms, backgrounds and more. Here I used it in the flowers and body form. The collage is integrated into the painting to make it look and feel cohesive.
At first this piece, now called "Synergy", had a darker background. After a few weeks of it feeling 'off' I lightened it up and I am much happier with it.
To develop the idea further I created this next piece called 'Renewal". As you can see I was not interested in pre-sketching for very long.
On this one named "Kindred" I just went straight to the canvas and worked it out there.
I put trust in my intuitive flow and it pays of in learned lessons or completed artworks. Win / Win.
You can hover each piece to view link to more visual detail. Which one is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you the comments below.