During General Conference (grand poobah of all Mormon meetings, twice a year) this weekend, I worked on a painting a friend of mine asked me to do. It’s part of getting back in the swing of things again, (and gearing up to to tackle the cats- which is next!) and I thought it would be fun to document the process. This a similar painting of one I did for my ward a while back, so it didn’t require a lot of brain power, and I was able to paint while I listened to the conference on my laptop.
The kids were really excited to see me drag out my painting stuff- and I had to lay down the law on what they could touch and what was all mamas. I have tried not to draw or paint in front of them because then they want me to draw everything for them and I really want them to run with their own creativity.
I paint on masonite with acrylics. Any acrylic is fine with me- I’m not a snob. Unless we’re talking watercolors, then I’m kind of a snob, and prefer Doctor Martines English liquid watercolors. But I digress… For my palettes, I use kitchen plates. Acrylic dries and peels off, and I have dozens of them. Convenient and easy!
I begin by sketching out the general layout, and blocking in the large fields of color. You can see the beginnings of a tree trunk under the field of white and cream.
I paint rough and kind of freeform, not really needing everything to be layed out first. I mix most of my colors on the brush and on the painting surface, because I like the texture it gives me. Here’s an example of building the texture on the board. The yellow is going to be the foliage on a tree.
More examples of texture laid down on the surface, as the forms start to emerge.
Form taken and materialized…
Time for some lettering. I do all my lettering on painting freehand, by hand, and the imperfectness of it is part of what I love. I am a typography geek, and love me some well formed letters, I have to admit…
And then, voila- all done. That’s what I did during Conference.