Over the last week, I've posted a series of painting on Facebook that were inspired by a spit of land on Mare Island. Today, I'm collating them here.
Most of these images are small- 1/8th sheet (7.5" x 11" or 5.5" x 15")- but I've found this the best size for me to iterate things with. 1/8th sheet is just big enough to compose something on, but no so big I get lost in the details. I don't worry about messing up or wasting paper either- I've got 7 other sheets available. What this has really allowed me to do is iterate with abandon, try stuff out, experiment, and not worry to much about whether I was successful or not. They were all "tests" anyways, right?
Then I did these next two ones. 1/8th sheet. Playing with wet into wet techniques, deliberate back runs, and figuring out the technical sequence I needed to use to get the paint to do what I wanted.
After that, I began to "grow" the composition. I felt like I was getting some sense of control over the backbleeds and the composition. I wanted to stretch the image vertically more and more. This next one was a vertical quarter sheet- (7.5" x 22").