During the initial intuitive mark making stage, I work with a broad brush or my fingers and use only white or a neutral colour and black.
After a burst of intense painting, I stand back and evaluate my work for no more than 10 seconds. I then remove any unwanted lines or shapes and add new elements. When I’m happy with the results thus far, I select either a limited warm or cool palette plus black and white and begin to add colour to the image. Throughout the entire creative process, I aim to remain loose and free, sensing what the painting needs at any given moment. It’s my dance or dialogue with the emerging image. The hardest thing is sensing when to stop. Leaving a painting only 90% complete, provides the viewer with enough mystery to interpret it in his or her own way.
© 2013 Barbara Ann Scott, Nanaimo BC, Canada