In this video, I share a little insight into how I might begin the painting process for a particular body of work such as in my acrylic shell compositions. I show how I spend time seeking objects of interest along the beach front for sketchbook material, watercolor and acrylic. Many of these studies are then used as reference material for larger scale paintings done in the studio.
Each day a new tulip would open up in the garden with striking colors that I couldn't help but to pick up my sketch book and pencils and head outdoors for a quick drawing study. Recently I have been exploring using colored pencils which has never been one of my favorite mediums as I prefer to use a painting medium.
I feel as if my artwork gives the viewer an insight into my life's journey. This is most evident in a plein air painting, where I can reflect back to a time and location. My sketchbooks tell a different story of thoughts and ideas scribbled within my drawing and painting studies.