One of the things that I love about painting is the transformation that happens along the way.
Every artist has their own way of painting, but I think most will agree that it is the excitement of not knowing exactly where a painting is going that is truly exhilarating. I love it when painting starts one way and evolves into something completely different and unexpected.
This turtle started one way and evolved into something completely different.
I think the essence of this painting is :Transformation and Peace.
Please take a look at the pictures to follow his transformation :)
Phase One: Blocking in shapes
When I started this painting, all I had in mind is that I wanted to paint a turtle in water. I used big, bold shapes and colours to cover the entire canvas. No details yet!
Phase Two: Creating Movement
I began adding more layers of softer colours. I wanted to create as much movement and energy in the lines as possible! I find this part very relaxing.
Phase 3: Creating an Environment
I had the thought to add lily pads to and lilies to surround the turtle. At the beginning, the painting was bold, but seemed empty and cold. Now it is full of nuances, colour, and details. It gives me a sense of peace and inner calm, which was different from how it started out.
Phase 4: A Few Details
I built up more layers of colour and added details. It is so difficult to capture these in a photo. Anyone that has one of my paintings will probably agree that they seem much more vibrant and alive in real life!
One of the things about an original painting is that the process of how it came to be is just as important as the final result. Hours have gone into the painting and many small decisions and adjustments were made to complete it. Even thoughit turned out differently than how it began, those original layers are still there, below the surface. I don't know about you, but I think that is kind of neat!
This painting is available. It is 12 x 12" Acrylic on canvas: $120
Please contact me if you are interested.
Thank you for reading,