Development of a painting – Protecting the Nest III

I was painting about a dozen canvases and pieces on wood while I was taking the Bloom True e-course by Flora Bowley. I’m still working on some of the pieces and they are developing and changing and don’t look anything like the way they started.

It’s always interesting to me to watch a painting develop. In the future I’ll be posting some of these pieces to show you.

What I love about the Bloom True e-course is you can take what you would like from it, what resonates with you, and leave the rest. Many of the things I was doing are things that I have learned in previous experimental drawing and painting classes but I had fallen away from them and this e-course got me back on track! Love that! One needs that as an artist to keep growing. And taking workshops is inspiring for that! And this one is amazingly inspiring! It is unique in that it combines more than just painting techniques. There is a whole mind, body, soul element to it. I highly recommend enrolling for the next e-course in June.

Letting images come spontaneously and intuitively, letting my own marks and color palette fill the canvas was a joy!

Below are some of the images of my painting, Protecting the Nest III, as it developed.

Some of the first layers and adding lights and darks.

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more layers, keeping the raven shape, adding in the feathers

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This is the awkward teenager stage where the painting looks yucky!

Protecting the Nest III, Acrylic on Wood, ©2012 L. Gruger

The final painting has some of my signature marks in it.

The marks I use with string, making spirals and swiggly marks with red and black paint. And the marks I use by scratching into paint on wax paper and pressing it into the painting. These marks are what Ariane Goodwin, Ed.D. from the smARTist Telesummit calls one’s fingerprint aka one’s artist voice with painting. The marks that make your painting yours. These are my marks and they are the one’s that a person can recognize an L. Gruger painting has. That and the black outline. I  love using the black outline and currently I’m experimenting with white outline too.

What are the things that make up your fingerprint?

One thought on “Development of a painting – Protecting the Nest III

  • April 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm
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    You blow me away. To see the stages these things go through = and what they become. It just knocks me back in my chair. i love it all. But I love the finished thing with your fingerprints best of all. I don’t think I have any real fingerprints, really.

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