When I’m painting in my studio I love to have anywhere between 4-10 paintings going at once. I love to have a selection of pieces to work on, so whenever I start to feel ‘stuck’ on a painting, I’ll just put it back up on the wall and continue with another piece. I like to have all the works-in-progress hanging on the walls around me, so I can look at them as I paint on one piece. Its like I’m working on them all at once. Different styles, different sizes – it all works with my ‘multitasking mind’.
I especially love this way of painting when I have a commission piece I’m working on. I work mostly with oils, so having a plethera of paintings helps with the dry time of each individual piece. Sometimes I enjoy the wet-on-wet technique, and others I like to wait till it dries to the touch before I add a new oil layer.
Currently, I have 5 large and 2 small canvases that I am painting in oil. They’re all hanging on the walls around my art desk and I look at them all the time. Ideas brewing in my head about the colors, the composition, the way the paint will feel when the brush touches the canvas… I can never stop thinking of painting (not that I want to either:). I have one piece that is entirely something new that I’ve never done before – its a nude but in a style with intense crazy colors. I’ve done this with animals, and played with watercolors with this technique before, but never with oils and with a nude woman composition. Its a small piece, only 6″ x 8″ canvas. I’m also making another time-lapse video for it. I’m close to finishing it and when its all complete I’ll share it here. I think when I work on several canvases at the same time its easier for me to add something completely foreign in the mix because I won’t obsess over it.
Whenever I’m feeling I’m about to ‘overwork’ a painting I just put it down and start back up on another piece. I always wonder if other artists work the way I do. I’m only accustomed to the way I work, but love to hear from other artists how they like to work. Please feel free to leave a comment and share your methods!