Inspired by a painting e-course I experimented with layering. It is the long-known process of painting in layers: one layer with paint on top of the other. The clue is, that even when you cover most of the first layers, it is still there, having an impact on the total painting. When you have a closer look, you can still see some of it. Layering gives paintings more structure and makes them more interesting or even mysterious.
As you might know, my earlier paintings are pretty linear, so layering is new to me. It is all about letting go, giving up control and having fun instead. Being playful and full of joy. So I decided to go for it.
While experimenting, I made a paiting and took photographs in between the different layers. I want to share the proces with you as I found it super interesting and even funny to see how the canvas evolved.
While the layering proces, it's all about letting go pieces I like to create what I love. Covering up to 80% of the red colour layer with more paint, only saving 3 or 4 pieces that I really, really like.
I also added 3 blue paper collage pieces with gel medium (in the end, this was a little too early in the process as I covered them up completely in the following layers :).
This is getting very chaotic. I call it the ugly teenager phase. It doesn't fit and match anymore: no color cohesion, no harmony. I didn't like it at all and I found it a little painful to even take a picture of this phase. But heyoh, that's part of it. It is all about being patient and trusting that this will lead to something actuallly nice and beautiful.
Then I call it: DONE!
Hugs and kisses,