Lately I have been considering layers.
It’s cold outside. So clothing is layered. But so are people. And so is art.
I decided to do a grand experiment and attempt to capture the layers that go into a painting. Not all visual art is like this. But in my opinion, really good paintings often have other really good paintings underneath them. And it’s a matter of painting through the layers to build one really good work of art.
This is one of my recent works, entitled “Sitting Bench” that I have shown you before.
But here are the bones. The skeleton of the work that makes it hold up, keeps it strong.
It’s a short catalog of my process, showing not all, but key shifts in the composition.
I hope it gives you insight, and inspiration for the long and often clumsy task of creating. And patience for the days that process feels risky and like it’s not working. These photos prove that you have to move through the awkward stages in order to get to the good stuff–which is true about a lot of things.
Which brings us to the finished piece.
Make your work. Whatever your work is.
And trust that all the unseen hours that go into it, matter. Good paintings– good lives, have bones.