All these paintings were based on photographs but look nothing like the image I worked with – if that makes any sense. I just went with the shapes and colours in the photos and hoped that it would work out. I have to say though that this does not always work.
Often, I have to fiddle around with this many times before I get it right, which accounts for the sometimes thick layers of paint. I guess it’s like anything – sometimes everything falls into place, and it works like magic and other times its like banging your head against the wall.
I guess practicing on small canvasses first would be the way to do this, but I am too impatient for that and for me perfectionism is a rather uncomfortable concept. Another thing I learned is that if the area you work on isn’t perfectly level, you might have the entire painting run off the canvas while it is trying to dry. Learning by doing is my motto apparently.