“Australian artist Mellissa Read-Devine is working at the easel in her studio on new art for KAB Gallery – take a look at what she has to say about her painting process”
I would say I’m about halfway into the painting, I have stopped splashing paint about at this stage and have become more careful about where I put the paint.
Although starting a painting is my most favourite stage (the best time to be free and expressive), I quite enjoy the meditative tidying up – patient daubs of paint that appear to be dancing or drifting across the canvas. Of course this is a dangerous time too – trying not to get too immersed in details that I don’t notice how it is affecting the rest of the image!
When I think the painting is “nearly finished” it will be time to let it sit in the studio for a few days while I look at it from time to time. I take notes, I glance at it from across the room; I’ll even wander to the studio, stand in the doorway looking in, and leave again.
A dozen more brushstrokes and I will be done with it. I’ll sign it straight away so I don’t chicken out. A matte varnish first to protect and even out the colour and I will photograph the work. Then a finishing coat of gloss varnish.
Framing is optional, depending on the image and size of the work.
Looking forward to seeing this finished and delivered to the lovely people at KAB Gallery, Terrigal in the next week or so.