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I have always taken photographs of my paintings as I worked on them. Using my camera as a tool helps me step back and examine my art. I look at areas of contrast and color relationships. I crop and rotate images of the paintings and turn them black and white to check the values. Many times I print out copies to draw and paint over so I am not disrupting the original work. I have shared this studio practice with other artists and students, encouraging them to critique their own work. Some artists use Photoshop or Procreate to view and edit their art. The digital world lets us easily document ourselves in ways that we have never been able to before.
Making an archive of my work in the present has allowed me to look back and examine my artistic history. Past work reflects what I was going through at a particular period of my life. In retrospect it’s pretty clear how much I was processing intangible things in a tactile way.
(Above: Work from 2016 'Depression and Anxiety Series').
My work is a visual diary of emotions and events, filtered through the current understanding of materials and techniques of that time. The photographs show artistic decisions as well as processes, creating a guidebook for me to expand upon or recreate. It is evidence of thoughtful decision making. What you choose to leave out is just as important as what you keep.
This studio practice reflects our human experience. We have a plan in place, but things can change pretty quickly. Change is inevitable, but essential for growth. You can fight it, or develop the skill of accepting and allowing-something we all have to work on. In a chaotic world, humans find comfort in structure and consistency. It’s important to remember that the most successful things that come from the creative process (and life) happen in that delicate space between deliberate intention and letting go. I have documented proof of that.
Left: Underpainting, Work in progress
Right: Completed work, The Lockless Door, encaustic on panel 18x18
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