The Process Behind 'Welcome' #2

Missed Part 1? Click Here. Let's continue with my look at the creation of my painting 'Welcome'. After the whole free association business that I rambled on about last time, I actually start to put pencil to paper and start sketching some initial ideas. This could be in the form of thumbnail sketches to help me get a feel for the composition or sketches of important components. In the case of 'Welcome', I used both techniques to arrive at the idea for the mask. I spent a lot of time looking at and researching Venetian masks and the meanings behind the different types of masks. The type I chose was a Volto mask. Vivo Masks states that historically these masks "guaranteed complete and utter an

The Process Behind 'Welcome' #1

After releasing my latest painting into the wild I thought it was probably best to tell you a little bit about the process I go through in creating my images. I start with an idea; it could be a feeling, a problem, a desire, anything really that lurks around in the dark secluded areas of my mind. At this stage I already have an idea about how I’m going to represent it visually but I’m very open to change. I write down the central idea at the top of a piece of paper and then use free association (the mental process by which one word or image may spontaneously suggest another without any necessary logical connection) to derive a list of words. I try not to think about why I’ve chosen these wor

Influence #2: H. P. Lovecraft

My first introduction to the stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1890 - 1937) was not actually through a book solely written by him. My dad had somehow acquired a book called ‘The Lurker at the Threshold’ by August Derleth. (He often came upon fantastic books purely by mistake. For example, he bought ‘The Keep’ by F. Paul Wilson through one of his book clubs. Lucky for me he did, because this is one of my favourite books.) ‘The Lurker at the Threshold’ was written by August Derleth but the ideas had come from notes written by Lovercraft. At the time I thought it was a strange work of horror because it wasn’t chock full of the beheadings and eviscerations that I was used to. This was slow burning psyc

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