Thursday, August 30, 2007

Purpose in Progress

I am often asked about my painting process. I will take you through one example of how I work. Of course, every painting develops in it's own way, but this is a typical series of events in the studio life of emilyc. So, let's get technical...
I usually start with a sketch. These are drawings from my sketchbooks. I have a couple, one for church, the other I carry around in my diaper bag. You never know when inspiration might hit... or when things might get a little boring ( I inherited, from my father, the inability to listen without busy hands). For this piece I did a drawing in each sketchbook, and some notes, as I worked out the idea. When I'm ready to go for it, I gather some "scrap". In this example, I set up the objects and took some pictures. Then I make a drawing, combining my scrap, fidgeting and fussing on tracing paper till I have it just right. I then transfer the drawing onto my gessoed, masonite panel. And paint!Voila!

5 comments:

jennie said...

I love that you showed the process! Love the painting, BTW.

McPhie Family said...

I really like the green eyes with the dark hair. Did you choose green to represent knowledge? The whole green/smarts thing reminds me of Meet the Parents. good flick!

emily said...

Thanks gals.

Do I lie and say, "Duh, that's totally why they're green"... How about, "I was watching Meet the Parents while I was painting... and it must of come through on a subconscious sort of level." Well, I'm going with it now. Knowledge, green, in the eyes, etc. etc. Merci Kristin.

Ya, good flick.

pamo said...

beautiful em, love your work.

Teresa said...

thanks for the process tips. I love your work!!

Teresa