Journey to Final
The Art of Enjoying the Process
At kindergarten, my boys’ kindergarten, way back in the 1990’s, I learned an important life-lesson. Creating is as much about the process, as the end product. Much like travelling, the journey to reach the destination is as important as the destination. So true of art. For me, what would be the point of painting if I focussed only on the final product? That being said, what is my goal? Is it to paint a sale-worthy product? Is my goal merely to make money out of my paintings? If it was, then, I might as well pack up my art supplies, store them in the garage, vege-out on the couch and watch Netflix shows.
No, I enjoy the whole process, from finding my subject to finally sitting and taking sales at our art group’s exhibition.
So, here’s some snapshots of this journey of my most recent painting from its conception to nowhere-near-its-final stage.
[Photo: Sand-dunes (c) Lee-Anne Marie Kling 1983]
I captured this scene in the early 1980’s when I dabbled in black and white photography, developing my own negative film and using the university darkroom to print.
Recently, a friend gave me the opportunity to take part in a workshop by Richard Rogers. I chose this photo as a good subject depicting light and dark.
[Sketch of dunes (c) Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2017]
I like to sketch my scenes to work out the composition and tones.
[Watercolour study of Dunes (c) Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2017]
At art group I prefer to work in watercolours wet on wet. I get joy out of the random movements of colour and happy accidents which at times do a better job at creating than me having control over the work. Could be another useful scene for the Lost World of the Wends, I reckon.
[Sand-dunes beginnings (c) Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2017]
A beautiful sunny day, last Tuesday. Why should I do housework when a blank (actually, not blank, but crimson and blue with ribbons, begging to be made into sand-dunes) screen awaits? After visiting Colonnades shopping centre where our art group’s exhibition is being held, I set up on the back patio, and spent an hour or so blocking in the dunes with acrylic paints. I kept in mind to work on the tones, and having a good balance of light and dark, warm and cool colours. In this painting I’ve used a warm creamy-coloured white, and cool blues and reds. I’ve learnt that limiting the palette to two or three colours has a pleasing effect.
The week since has ramped up with busyness. So, the unfinished work has sat on the easel where I can look at it and work out the next steps to completion. My mum checked it out today and said, ‘That’s looking good.’ I always listen to my mum.
…to be continued as I reach the final work.
© Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2017
Photo, sketch and paintings © Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2017