Paper, pen, paint & pattern (a.k.a the creative process)

I have been asked about my  painting creative process quite a bit lately so I thought I would share a little bit of how my mind works. It's not always pretty and it often does not makes sense, but if there is one thing I have learned through the years it is that eventually I will stubble upon something I am satisfied with.....IF I stick with it.

That is my biggest problem to date - stick-with-it-ness. That's why I work small...

I am a starter. I love a big, blank page!

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

Every mixed media piece starts with marks of all colour and kind. Markers, graphite, water-colour - anything goes. It's a thoughtless, yet very meditative, process.

I try to use colours that I haven't before. I play with layering. Different shapes - thick and thin. Pattern here and there.

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

I continue this way for quite some time. It's my favourite part so why not? 

My other favourite part? White paint.

I love getting rid of what I don't like. It's my command-Z button

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

While I say that it is all a thoughtless process, there comes a time when I have to consider some things. Lights, darks, contrast, edges, the size and shape of things - variety. 

It is a very intuitive process, but one I find very satisfying. I love the randomness of it all. Unexpected marks and shapes peeking though in unexpected places.

This larger piece was cut up into 3 smaller pieces all using a home-made 4" square viewfinder. I just cut out what I liked and discarded areas that were doing nothing for me. There were little bits here and there that I was also inspired by so those were saved for my collage works. You can never go wrong with handmade collage pieces.Nothing goes wasted around here!

Julie Hamilton Creative - the creative process - a little art

Three little mini pieces. I loved making them and as I sit here and write about them, I am thinking that I need to do this more often. It's so beneficial to my art practice... Call it fun. Call it learning. Call it therapy. Call it what you will:)

All for my creative self preservation!

(Actually in this case I was lucky enough to sell them all in the Whistler Teeny Tiny Art Show. Call it new art supplies..Ha!)

To watch my progress, pop by my Instagram site Julie Hamilton Creative . That's my daily hang out:)

Keep Easy,

Julie

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