Artist in the studio preparing painting

The Studio Documentation

It’s been a while since I have documented my studio practice. Since I have an upcoming Contemporary Landscape Painting teaching assignment at Station Gallery in Whitby Ontario approaching, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my process and why I do some of the things I do. I’ve started recording the process from start to finish with a few short youTube videos to give brief examples of steps I take as I proceed with a new group of paintings.

When in need of new surfaces for work, failed paintings are a good place to start. Failed paintings are a likely part of every studio practice. Sometimes we spend a great deal of time on a piece and it just doesn’t click in the end. Sometimes the composition can be salvaged, other times it cannot. I work on wood panels, and recently, I sanded and resurfaced a few failed paintings that had been stacking up over the years in my studio space. It’s a bitter-sweet procedure, but I have only once ever regretted the process of destroying old work that I was dissatisfied with.

Destroying old work can be therapeutic and can help get rough productivity back on track. Sanding a painting takes time and provides a lot of reflection on where I had been with my work at a particular moment creatively. Previous artwork informs new artwork whether it was a success or a total failure.

I will add new posts as I record my process, but in the meantime – my youTube videos can be found here:

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