I have always had a particular process that I follow when creating new pieces. This process really stems back to my jewellery making days where everything was precisely measured and sketched out and I knew exactly how the piece would look before it was finished. Even as recently as last year, all my exhibition pieces were created this way - carefully ruled lines and several colour roughs created for each design before putting paint on the page.
But currently, I am working on a new collection and things have been changing slightly. The drawn lines are still there but the ruler has been mostly left alone. And no colour roughs. I have an idea in my head of what colours I want to use but am working more intuitively to colour these pieces. To be honest it feels a bit more stressful - when so many hours are invested in one piece, you can't afford to get it wrong. But so far, I am enjoying the results and the use of more muted tones and analogous colours. Slowly, slowly, there is a body of work coming together and an exhibition looming in the not too distant future. I look forward to showing you the results of these current works in progress.