My process involves the manipulation of color, value and shape. I start with the application of many colors in a haphazard fashion infusing the canvas or board with energy. Colors and shapes overlap one another. At some point, I will cover the canvas with a transparent color which provides a unity to the painting. When I begin, I have no preconceived idea of what it will become. I use prearranged colors only when I am working on a commission.
My mind is active with the concepts of value, color combinations, subtly of color blendings, shapes and stroke lines. Crayon is one of my constant tools. I will use the crayons to create color activity and construct shapes with line. I am continually thinking of the balance between colors, values and shapes. My desire is to create a rich surface.
Composition and movement are very important to me. Once I have the basic color combinations and value differences, my eye turns toward the movement throughout the painting as created by the shapes and values. A compositional form will develop which I will enhance by deﬁning shapes or emphasizing values, lines or colors.
I work primarily in acrylic because they dry quickly and allow me the freedom to layer and draw with crayon. When I work in oil, I use a cold wax medium that creates a paste. This must be worked with a palette knife. Mos...