An artist has a process of art. The ‘how I do what I do’. I will try not to dress it up too much as it can get a bit wordy…and I like words.
What is process (for those who don’t know)? Ideas, technical proficiency, tenacity, vision, and basically getting something down on paper or whatever it is that says yeah, thats what I was after. I think. But maybe…and then off you go again.
Art is never finished, but it does come to a point where there is a decreasing amount you can do to something to make it closer to your vision. One of the problems is there always seems to be a sense that there are more colours that exist than exist in the real world.
My process of art
For years I haven’t really thought about ‘process’. Whether that is a good thing or not I don’t know. I seem to just create intuitively. But then again, it is important, because one thing it can do is to get you unstuck when you are stuck. If you don’t have ‘the muse’ for the moment then you can dry as an artist and just stop. As a not starving artist, and someone who is determined to prove my school teachers wrong that people can’t live off being an artist, you can’t rely on those muse moments.
Ok, so I DO get muse moments. A thought will strike me, or an idea, but not all the time.
I don’t use just one process either. So excuse me whilst I just witter on for a time.
1.Process of art: the doodle
Often in meetings. Or maybe in sermons when I am drawing in church. I get the first noodling of an idea. A door, a tree. An interesting shape. And I draw it with my faithful Carbon platinum drawing pen. Which always gives me another idea. Sometimes these pictures get perspective, sometimes they don’t. i just like to tie the pictures together like a jigsaw puzzle, and tell some sort of a story. I really enjoy creating A3 size pieces and using various ink render texturing methods. At some point I will do a Udemy course to show how I do this
2. Process of art: paint
Put different thin layers of paint on a canvas or board…stare at it…it’s like seeing things when staring at clouds. There it is, what I want. And I just bring that thing into reality.
3. Process of art: texture.
Usually, on canvas I will use gesso. That’s a primer for canvas, then as it dries use my knife to carve shapes and peaks. Sometimes I will have an idea and sometimes just go for it. I need to get hold of some texture paste and push this idea to it’s limit. After this all dries I glaze on acrylic paint, and the pigment gathers in the textures. again, I will enhance that and build it up.
4. Process of art and Dreaming…
Now is where it starts to get a bit all arty. I don’t know whether it is because I have something of an Aspergers brain, but I am, on the Myers Briggs scale, fully intuitive and extrovert. I have learn’t over the years to just about not fall asleep. I can drop myself down to a point where I can dream but not be quite asleep, if that makes sense.
So you put those together – half falling asleep, intuition, – and you get a stupidly potent dream world.
5. Process of art: printing from Woodblock.
There is something about wood. The smell, the difficulty. And I can get blocks larger. The tools: using Japanese knives feels so cool, and being able to sharpen them on a Japanese waterstone. But I’ve kept fighting with the ink and the printing process. The last one it finally broke…I got the formula right for the way to stop the wood splintering as I carved. And I discovered how to get the very fine woodgrain to print…which may be related to the formula I discovered to solve the wood splintering issue!
Just recently I have also been experimenting with using cyan, magenta, yellow and black and overlaying them as colours. It is creating a much tighter print.