I ask myself … how do I paint?

Every artist approaches the painting process differently. I hadn’t really thought about my process too much, I just went ahead and painted. But I got to thinking and realise as a colourist and looking at what I do and the how I go about it all, my painting process may not necessarily be what people may assume it is.

I am a serial painter. I don’t have many canvases on the go. I work on one painting at a time, complete it and when I’m satisfied it’s finished only then start another painting.

It was recommended I work in acrylics when I was at art school at NAS.  The given practice of working in oil’s at the time didn’t suit my desire to mix and push colours around.  I usually ended with mud! Acrylics was a new medium and it was suggested would work better for me. Acrylic paint has vastly improved since the ’70’s.  I can work quickly and rather enjoy the fact I have only a few minutes when I paint to decide to ‘keep or wipe off’. Keeps me involved in the moment.

To retain integrity of the colour I’m working with I mix each in a lidded plastic container. The colour remains viable and clean. I keep all the variations of the colours I’m using in a painting on the working bench beside me. I face my painting wall with the canvas of the moment hanging on a nail in front of me and have a seat to sit in opposite the wall beside the bench to consider the painting and consider ‘will I keep or…’ and in fact sit in Adam Cullen’s studio chair when I do so. Adam lived up the road and some of his stuff was put on the verge after his death, we reclaimed a few things, the chair was one. I love the continuity.

I paint one painting at a time. I enjoy the focus this brings me. The painting on the wall today is The Green Meadow.

Studio image of The Green Meadow at completion
Studio image of The Green Meadow at completion
Studio working bench at completion of The Green Meadow
Studio working bench at completion of The Green Meadow
R le Cheminant The Green Meadow 2023 acrylic on canvas 100cm x 90cm
R le Cheminant The Green Meadow 2023 acrylic on canvas 100cm x 90cm