Friday, April 17, 2009

A Little Background...

I am enamoured with backgrounds at the moment! Almost more so than with the actual finished art. I like the process of it and with the image transfer method I learned here, I really enjoy the element of surprise. Here's my latest experiment. The colors came out really bright (even brighter than in this scan). I am working again on a 5x7 clay board, but this time it's textured, not smooth.
After I looked at it for a while, I went over it with some color, painted, wiped, blotted and even took off some of it with alcohol and this is the result.I like it! I like the texture, the abstract shapes, and the colors blending and shining through. Now, I am going to sit with it for a while and see what it wants to become.

I've operated most of my life from a left-brained and logical perspective, always thinking, always trying to figure things out logically, rationally. In the last few years, I've really worked hard to develop my intuitive and creative side, to achieve some balance, and unlearn many things I had accepted as true over the years.

And this is how I am working with my art - I am approaching it from my intuition and my emotions and I love the results. There's not much planning from the outset. A color gets my attention, an image comes to me, I suddenly think of paper to use, my fingers seem to know what to do, and when I am done, I am in awe of this creative process...

I'd be interested to hear how you work. Do you put much planning into your art or do you start somewhere interesting and see where it takes you? Or maybe a combination of planning and spontaneity?


  1. BEAUTIFUL BACKGROUNDS! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog♥

    As for my art, not much planning. I used to plan, but things always turned out different so now I go with the flow :) It's fun and always a surprise!

  2. oooh, pretty Silke!

    I'm a planner. I have to go to the craft store, measure, draw, cut, practice! But I'm a planner in general!

  3. Oh WOW, fabulous background! I love the blending of the colors and the textures. It looks almost like an incredible piece of stone.

    I've been ruled by my left-brain all my life. I'm still pretty grounded by rules and planning and reality. I've been trying to let go and be more free, but it's hard. Baby steps.

    And I cannot believe you ground your own wheat! Your bread looks absolutely delicious. Mmmmm, I can almost smell it!

  4. Your paintings are heavenly...I love the look of texture and the layers of detail. They are are an inspiration. Kara

  5. Silke, I just enjoy watching your creative process. Such vibrant colors...You are such an inspiration.
    Love you,