What is my Process Like?
My process depends on what I am working on. Some art may look better as a pastel, some in oil and some in acrylic, and still some just as a pencil drawing. Reconnaissance is my first step a lot of the time. What is my process like? I spend hours and hours taking pictures and traveling to destinations getting inspiration. This helps to motivate me. Sometimes I think I cannot improve on a great picture, but collect it also for a composition or a rainy day, in that respect all my pictures are very important. They are like a library of ideas and inspiration.
You can lose a certain kind of freedom and movement in a piece if I was to just paint from a picture, so this is important to remember. I try to catch a feeling or express my sense of a moment, place or thing. I am not sure that someone will feel the same way I do, but I would be happy if they feel something when looking at my work. Remembering this I try not to just record what I see, I feel the camera is a tool for that.
When I sketch, I do use either my iPad or paper and charcoal, pastel or pencil to plan a composition. Even while doing a plein air project I sketch a plan before painting. I look for the different values and appropriate composition. Sometimes I still do miss the mark, not every work comes out they way I wish, especially while experimenting and creating.
Always be prepared
I always carry sunscreen, water, a hat, bug spray, wipes, paper towels and small plastic garbage bags to my en plein air sessions. This may seem like a lot but it makes a huge difference in having a good time or being miserable. Spending generally 4 hours or more just painting, I think is a good amount of time. It can be extremely hot or cold and windy, the weather changes as well as the light. After 4 to 5 hours I can get pretty tired. Sometimes I can finish a piece at my studio if it needs it, being careful not to loose that sense of place or time and emotion.
I am always exploring different compositions, media and colors and love it. My oil paintings go in stages, an under painting first then a layer of paint over that and another layer. I will use as many layers as I need to complete the painting. It sometimes depends on if I want to do impasto too. Always keeping in mind the fat over thin mantra. Letting them dry a year before I decide if I want to varnish or not, is sometimes a pain. Putting away a work out of sight for a while is also helpful.
I will spend half my day doing paperwork, improving my website or other social endeavors. The other half doing promotion for my website and other stores like https://www.redbubble.com/people/Jacyncas this depends also on what paintings I am working on. I always keep in mind something one of my friends told me, “If it ain’t fun, we may not want to do it.”