I usually make a study before I make a painting, it helps me work out composition and colour, and lets me keep the actual painting really fresh. In the same box with all my palette studies is every study I’ve made, even for pieces of art that don’t (directly) connect with bodies of work. Some of the paintings made from these studies were given away for art auctions, and now the study is the only memory of the piece.
Before I begin a body of work I play around with paint and decide on a colour scheme. I started keeping track of what paints went into each colour, so I wouldn’t forget. I now have a box full of these pages. Here are four.
Each of these containers was a gift. While the three mugs have more sentimental value, I value the tall juice jug just as much.
I keep most of my collection of art books at home, but there are always a few kicking around the studio. These ones have been in the studio for some time – they are very inspirational. Swoon.
My practise has involved self portraiture in some form since undergrad. When I first began I painted exclusively from the mirror. Now I use digital images mostly, but still find the mirrors helpful. They are also great tools for looking at your painting backwards – it’s amazing what you’ll see!
I just can’t seem to figure out a way to make these feel useful or important in a painting. Some of them I’ve had for years. I haven’t given up on them yet – I was trying to use the cinnabar green just yesterday.
I thought I’d take this four for the day opportunity to take you on a little behind the scenes studio tour. I don’t have a lot of nicknacks and other distractions in my studio, but I DO have collections of “useful” stuff.
My most prized collection is my paint. I’ve built up the collection over many years. Every time I order the old-stand-bys I also order a couple of extra things on a whim. These paints have surprisingly turned out to be totally useful, and have been used in almost every painting I’ve made in the past two years. Who knew?