May 14, 2010

What is the purpose of another blog? I really don’t know… Maybe it is an attempt at writing a diary, and maybe sharing some of the thoughts, doubts, excitements of exploring the concept of being an artist… or learning to become one. I am going to be open about how I work and maybe I can inspire someone else to try something new, “Learning by Doing”.The purple image of my eyes was created from a cropped picture of me, which I modified with Hue/Saturation, Levels, and then I made two identical layers and used Overlay to get more intense colors. I use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a lot.Today I am working ona a really strange image. To the left is the manipulated photo and to the right is the painting as it looks right now, after two thin layers of paint. I have not been careful to make a perfect likeness. I am painting on a 4 mm plywood board, divided in two parts (you can see the thin white line) and I am painting with a lot of linseed oil to make the paint run and mix itself. Often I tell myself I will add layer after layer, but in most cases I stop after only a few layers because I am pleased with the way it looks. When I start I never really know what I will do, and how. It seems like the paint and the picture speak to me and guide me in the process. I also often try to do something I have never done before. The part that is most difficult is the time I have to wait to let a layer of paint dry. It is a time of being frustrated, impatient, feeling inadequate, and helpless. But, then I keep believing that there is a way, a solution not far away. That keeps me going. And it keeps me starting on something new again and again. I wonder what will happen with this painting…