It's been a process in itself to sort out "my process", but I am starting to see certain themes that I use to decide on the next set of projects. I get inspiration from things around me, people, stories, and events. Once I have a general idea of what I'd like to do, then I start combing the internet for different pictures (if I don't already have one). I may search for items that focus specifically on sunsets or trees. Once I have my collage of pictures I then start sketching out thumbnails of pictures. Now these thumbnails are rough! They are not meant to be pretty but instead provide me with a general layout of the picture and what prospective I would like to use. I may not use any of the thumbnails in my final picture but I may use components of each one that I like. For colors, sometimes I go through and create a series of colors and combinations that help me decide which colors look the best together. If I am planning on creating my own color of orange or brown, the various reds I have in my kit may create really different variations. So I have to determine what combination of basic colors I use to create my pallet. I have zero training in color theory so a lot of my "training" comes from playing with colors. I have a general guide with what colors look good together but beyond that, it's very experimental. Maybe that's why I enjoy this part so much? The experimental side of it? It allows me to work with my hands and see what colors I can create.
Right now I am working on a couple of paintings that will be used to build on my Fairy Tale series. I am also wanting to submit them to an upcoming show. It's fun for me to go back and see where I started and what the end product was. Sometimes it works out better than I imagined and sometimes it's a flop. Either way, the process is just as enjoyable as the painting as I am able to play with all the possibilities. So what does this say about me? Well, I guess I enjoy immersing myself into new worlds. I also like to incorporate a bit of myself into the art. None of my art is just a thing. For example, the Sunflower sketch...we built the garden and bed, we planted several giant sunflowers with our kids, we watered and weeded the bed all summer and then once grown, I took pictures of our flowers. The Sunflower is not some nondescript flower to me...it embodies the enjoyment of life and family: values that I hold dearly. The art I have available all incorporate a bit of me, which is something that I want to share with all of you. So....keep looking out for the next steps in my process!