I used to be terribly intimidated by a blank canvas and so, to get over this fear I began covering my canvases in colour and I felt so much better. Initially I used a solid cover on the entire canvas, a terra cotta for landscapes and a vibrant green (like a green screen in movies and television) for interiors but now I just grab whatever grabs my attention and let go.
I like to pour and drip and scribble and roll on colour, not really concerning myself with any outcome. And then, once everything has dried, I do it again until I have basically covered my canvas to create an interesting base. Then I add patterns - circles, triangles, dots and lines using brushes, container lids, and brayers - and once my canvas is full of beautiful colour, I begin to envision how I will use the arrangement of colour in my completed piece. Much like mixed media work, but using pattern and colour instead. This is where I decide whether my canvas will be vertical or horizontal and which image I am drawn to include with a drawing. And then I add more colour and pattern again.
These days the work has come even further by introducing mixed media in the form of metal leafing, lately it's been copper though I have used gold in the past. And I've been incorporating drawing by using Liquitex paint pens and I'm really enjoying the outcome. Let the rumpus begin!
Honouring the Ancestors
Great Places Plan