My painting process - Acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Updated: Mar 4

At last, time to paint.

With all the other jobs shouting out to be done to sustain a solid foundation for my painting world, moving from my computer to the easel becomes less frequent.

Starting to paint is not an easy thing to do. I need to have my head clear and to feel happy in my space. We artists are like sponges we soak up everything around us.

For me, the outside, the weather and the colours are my inspiration. Over time, I have put together a catalogue of ideas which I collect on my computer in

the form of photographs, written descriptions and experiences. I also keep a sketchbook with notes of shapes and colours in the landscape I have seen when I am out and about. These I can make into small works on paper which I use as studies to make the larger paintings.

I am a studio painter I very rarely paint outside. I have YouTube videos playing in my studio while I work, I find listening and working with contemporary, professional abstract artists demonstrating enjoyable. Historical and contemporary documentaries about abstract expressionism and the artists are my favourite listening. I have often been influenced by techniques the well-known abstract expressionists use, for example whilst listening to Pierre Soulages I became very excited about black and texture

I paint quite fast, when I start, I find it difficult to stop for breaks so having clear days planned is important. Next is to decide on the size I want to paint. I work in standard sizes to keep a uniform and cohesive collection. My canvases are ready primed in a standard depth which I frame myself. The next decision to make is the design of the painting. When working within a series I will have a fluency that the process of developing the series will have set in place. A new series will offer the chance to create a new colour mix which is where my colour swatches come in handy. When I make a new colour I will make a swatch to add to the collection for my reference.