“Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process, we only go where we’ve been. If process drives outcome, we may not know where we are going but we will know we want to be there.”
I finally dusted off my paintbrushes and started painting.
Translating my color pencil illustrations to paintings is how I began this series of work. Creating a direct copy of two artworks was safe and meditative, but now I’ve begun to experiment.
How is paint different to color pencil as a material? Painting allows for multiple layers. I am exploring layering with new brushstrokes as a visual response to previously made brush strokes. Traversing between layers to draw out elements forwards or backwards becomes a method of play. I want to express and stretch the properties of this medium.
Each artist develops his or her own unique visual language with whatever material is being used. Perhaps it is like learning to speak or write, painting uses brushstrokes and mark marking which get repeated and revisited in later works. Each final piece is different but there is a coherent structure that forms and is consistent between all the works of a series.
Although it feels like I’m entering a new visual language, it’s not. I’m increasing my knowledge of this language by extending my vocabulary of marks, materials and approaches. I’m coming back full circle to where I was in art school 2 years ago to advance in a language that I already knew.
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