Friday, January 15, 2010

Evolution of a Painting

I painted this painting and another for friends ( a couple) as a gift for helping us paint our house. I'll decide which to give them after both are complete. I love the idea of trading for services or goods. It often helps both parties to get what they need or want. While I painted I took photos at various intervals to document my progress. Since I paint in many layers the painting goes through stages, evolving if you will, into its final form. It's definitely about the process for me. I paint for the love of painting. I like moving the paint around with a brush, sponge, rag, or scraper; and I relish finding "happy accidents". Making marks and letting the paint drip to form linear patterns is characteristic of my work also. Although I may spend a week on one painting I want the final result to have a spontaneous quality. I start with a wide brush 3 or 4" and create a large calligraphic form, my marks often appear like Japanese or Chinese characters. Then I glaze color over in large sections before narrowing down areas and adding shapes symbols.


  1. I love seeing how your painting develops. It's neat to see the layering that you do and the under colors.

  2. hello, thanks for stopping by my blog-- I see you have moved from the east coast to Oregon-- I lived there 7 years-- about 15 min. south of Portland in Tualatin-- and moved up north of Seattle in 2000.I still have several good artist girlfriends down there. your paintings are interesting-- unique.

  3. Great post. I enjoyed seeing the steps in your creative process and the nice end results. I know your friend will be pleased.
    Thanks for following my blog.
    Eva Macie

  4. Greetings Pam,

    It is a pleasure to have discovered your blog through Eva.

    I like the fact that you show the process of a painting, something I do from time to time. It helps to understand the process but also it is good for those who feel abstract art is nothing more than slapping some paint on a canvas. Since I am an abstract and abstract realism artist, I know this is not the case.

    Wishing you a wonderful day and I hope the weather is not a burden.

    Warmest regards,