My Art Process


Hi everyone!

I hope you are all staying nice and cozy on this frigid winter day! I figured that most of us who hail from the North will be staying inside this weekend so I wanted to lend a little inspiration in case anyone is feeling like having a creative weekend indoors.

This is my first time talking about my art process with anyone, so welcome to my brain!

I never begin a piece with a definite idea of which direction it is heading in. I tend to focus on color and texture  from the start and let the art unfold however it wants to. Because of this, my work is almost always a whimsical array of color with crazy textures and it is full of magical content.

Today, I am focusing on the process of making fine art to keep it short, but will touch base again in the near future to talk about my fiber arts process.

I typically start by working with my canvas, wood, paper, etc. flat, either on the table or on the floor. You will almost never catch me working upright on an easle. The reason behind this is that I don't necessarily want my images to be realistic. Angling it and working over top allows me to indirectly play with proportions. This means that figures are easier to make less realistic and it shifts my perspective to easier manipulate shapes and figures.

As far as tools go, I start either by collaging different fabrics and paper types on my surface or I use blades and palette knives to scrape paint, modeling paste, or whatever heavy medium to create a defined texture. I work vertically and horizontally to create major changes thrughout the surface. Sometimes I use both the collage and scraping methods on busier pieceshowever, if I want a light and airy feeling, I use something like gouache or wax pastels to lightly graze the piece letting the surface itself peek through.

Once the background is covered I go straight into creating content while the surface is still slightly wet. I find this technique to work because the images I make can then have an almost blended feeling where it seems as though they are one with the background and immerging. I often use a pallette knife and blades to do this part as well. 

When I feel like I have started to get a  basic idea of where the painting is headed I stop working and let the art sit out for a while. This could be for hours or it could be for days. I find that leaving the piece somewhere that I have to walk by it over and over gives me the chance to step away from it and notice small details that I missed before and imagine what objects might fit into spaces that are already created by the paint itself. 

After I have let the colors and textures soak in for a while I go back in with small brushes and add defining details. This usually entails adding points of focus and making spaces of light. This is also when I try to tie all of the content together to add movement to the piece. I love to add so much detail that the viewer doesn't really get the full picture in just one sitting. Most of my paintings consist of many details that go unnoticed at first glance. 

Stay tuned for more information and videos about my process and thank you for following along on my art journey!

-Ashley 

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