So far I have been doing things a little bit different with every painting I work on, that is until I stumbled upon the technique I employed in my painting for Natalie (you can see the water saturation here). I think I just began my first series! That's pretty exciting for me! It makes my painting feel more focused and purposeful.
So, water saturation…..the inspiration didn't come from the outside world, it was more of an inner longing for freedom and easy flow (spiritually). The desire naturally came about when I was painting an ocean scene. I was thinking "ocean" and wanted to climb inside the canvas and feel the weightlessness of the water, feel it flowing freely around me. My response was to reach for actual water. Basically, I paint then add water and move the paint under the water and also move the paint with short, but steady streams of water held over the canvas.
It's difficult to explain, but this technique is a release for me. When I'm working in the murky, watery, unpredictable paint I somewhat loose myself. It's very freeing and magical. There are not many things in this world that have the capacity to stop me from thinking (and believe me, my overworked mind can use all the non-thinking time it can get!).
Here are two paintings in the works (very early stages). I can't wait to see where the unpredictable water takes them!