My digital painting methods are remarkably similar to how I painted traditionally. Basically I nibble away at the work in progress, laying down stroke after stroke of paint till everything is done.
Both traditional egg tempera and oil painting methods strongly influence my digital work. The egg tempera techniques are apparent in my extensive use of “hatching”, the crisscrossing of small strokes to build up form and texture. The oil painting techniques find expression in my use of selective buttery blending, scumbling, and extensive glazing.
A single painting can take anything from several weeks to several months to complete. At any given time, however, I usually have several paintings in progress, and I’m always sketching new ideas. There is so much exciting stuff to do each day that the choice of what to focus on is dictated entirely by my current mood. What extraordinary fun!
Stumbling upon the inspiration for a painting is another story altogether. There is no planning involved, nor any premeditation. Initial inspiration might arise in one conscious breath, a pause in the mind-stream, or it might simply be the outcome of contemplating a flower, tree bark, or light glancing off water.
Inspiration is everywhere and, truly, there never seems to be any shortage of it.