Painters tend to fall into two different categories in the way they approach painting. One is INTUITIVE, the person who dives into a painting and solves the problems as they go.
The other is CONSERVATIVE, a painter who spends time planning their concept with preliminary sketches before beginning, and, usually working slowly and carefully.
When producing a painting from start to finish, I find I work pretty slowly. I think about my idea, sometimes do sketches to figure out composition and value, the traditional way, and then begin. In the beginning I was a watercolor painter, and that is how I was taught to proceed. And, experience tells me that the conservative approach saves mistakes and muddy washes.
BUT since I've begun to explore acrylics, collage and other mixed media, I find I get frustrated with confining myself with being too methodical. It's time consuming to make large changes in traditional watercolor; not so with the other materials. So, now I'm in transition - still too worried about making "mistakes" but working to get past that. One method is not better than the other. Not at all. It just needs to fit the personality of the artist.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
* Do you quickly complete your work or enjoy a long, thoughtful process?
*Is doing a painting in one shot satisfying or frustrating?
*Are you more comfortable being tidy or expressive? Have you found the medium that allows you to work at the pace you enjoy?
Let me know about you! Leave a comment!