Monday, March 18, 2013

New work

A few people have asked about my process on these - whether it's mapped out beforehand or primarily intuitive. It's pretty much intuitive. I start out with a lot of colours on the canvas, which don't necessarily make sense with each other or even indicate how the finished piece will look. Then I grab my charcoal and begin drawing a few random shapes and lines - quite free flow and calligraphic. And then it is a series of layer upon layer, scratching, washes, and more drawing. A large percentage of the time it scares me as I'm pretty sure I've lost any colour sense or composition completely! But then I step back and look for larger shapes and then begin the process of unifying.
By the way, I am teaching a class on abstract painting this Saturday in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If anyone is interested mesage me for details!
acrylic / 12" x 12" on gallery wrapped canvas

8 comments:

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

I wish I could make that class -- I am so blown away by these wonderful abstract paintings.

This one is super.

XO Barbara

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Kim, love your new direction! Exciting to see how this all evolves.
Beautiful work!

martinealison said...

Laisser aller ses sentiments sur la page blanche... Le résultat est surprenant et agréable, n'est-ce pas ?...
Gros bisous

Nancy Colella said...

That is a great post! Love hearing about your process. Fascinating.This new work you are doing is fascinating...keep 'em coming!

Sally Chupick said...

you know you're on the right track when your scared... i like your abstract work.

Cathy Amos said...

Hi Kim, I love your abstract paintings!! Wish I could be in Saturday's class. If you plan on having another one in the spring or summer, I'll try and join in.

Trisha Lyons Ansert said...

Hi...love the info on the process. Do you draw directly on the canvas with the charcoal also doesn't the paint get mixed in with the charcoal? Thank you

Kim Rempel said...

Hi Trisha,
Yes, it does mix in but I actually enjoy that! Sometimes I rub some off, then paint on top, and then add more charcoal.
Take care,
Kim