First I need the right inspiration. And often I have that in abundance, but not always. If you want to know more about how I get my inspiration, read the blog about it.
After I have the inspiration and therefore know which shapes and colour schemes I want, I decide which painting techniques to apply. I need to decide it beforehand as painting technques often have to be applied in a certain order. Although I think that "have to be" is a relative term because you can always paint over an acrylic painting. Structures and textures made by, for example, modelling paste or other media that you incorporate in a painting, such as pieces of wood, grit or even paint lines, cannot be removed later. Their use must therefore be carefully planned.
I sketch those structures and textures in advance, on a few sheets of paper to see whether the shape is as I had envisioned it. Whether the balance and the space distribution are good.
After the main structure and/or texture comes the detailing of structure and texture, the finer lines and smaller abstract shapes.
When everything has cured sufficiently, usually after 1 to 4 days, depending on the thickness of the structure and bonding time of media, the painting can begin.
Applying colour can be done in many ways, with many different techniques. I often work with Alla Prima in Acrylic, thickened and thinned wall paint for underlying textures, alcohol ink, spray paint and hammered metal paint for special effects.
The paint is often applied in a combination of different types of brushes, rollers and with the flat hand or fingertips.
See the video below for an impression of how a painting is created. See how many different techniques are applied in a single work of art.
"Autumn Reflections" was made over a period of about 4 weeks in about 10 sessions.