I enjoy reading other artist blogs and taking inspiration from not just their work but their techniques. One of the subjects being discussed recently was how much planning goes into our process.
With abstracts I tend to work intuitively. Sometimes with a "design" aesthetic in mind (I picture the piece I'm trying to achieve in a certain environment). The most preparation that goes into my abstract work is choosing what colors I will start with or choosing whether it will be a mixed media piece including collage. The rest usually takes shapes as I go.
Straight Up, Two Olives
Acrylic on canvas/10x10"/Available
With my Latin Pop Work, I work in a more narrative manner. Usually I begin with a phrase, or back story or scene that has come into my head and just won't leave. These words might be my own or I might have heard them in a song or movie or even seen them on a sign somewhere. The composition and colors change as I go along, but I tend to always relate these to the "story" forming on the canvas. The preparation for this style of work usually includes a rough sketch, choosing a size canvas.
"The Singer and the Saxophonist" and "Acoustic Moonlight"
Acrylic on canvas/24x30" each/Sold
Thanks to Martha Marshall and Deirdre Abbotts for initiating this discussion!