My creative process is quick and enjoyable.
When I let go and connect with the innermost core of my being, there comes out art that I want to share.
I know I could have just said “Oil on canvas”, but it’s not that simple J Really.
My technique is quite unique and with the exception of one artist who claims to have invented it (and his students), I don’t know anybody who works using this particular approach.
So there are two key aspects of it:
1. Wet-on-wet or “alla prima”. “Well, if you think it’s unique, I got big new for you, girl!” Stop! Don’t think that! Oh, you already did. Oh, well… With few modifications.
I get it really wet. Initially I use a mixture of linseed oil and solvent to dilute the first layer of paint. Again, with modifications. See, a lot of artists do that (dilute the first layer of paint), but they make it a thin layer while I make it pretty think and messy. So what I start out with is a thick layer of wet diluted paint. And depending on a painting a lot or a little of this layer will be present in the end, I don’t paint entirely over it as traditional oil painters do.
2. Palette knife. May I just say something before I explain? I LOVE THAT THING!
On average up to 90% of my painting is done with a palette knife. I have paintings entirely painted with only the knife. But if you noticed, it’s not your usual impasto approach. In fact, in most of my paintings the layer of paint is not that thick as artists and art lover can imagine when they hear “100% done with a palette knife”.
I don’t only stick thick blobs of paint on my canvas with it, but I hatch, scratch, draw, smudge and rub with my knives. All those techniques work and maybe quite differently because of the first aspect of this technique – very wet diluted thick layer of paint.
Now, if you are still wondering, the artist who invented it is Igor Saharov – very inspiring and quite popular now mostly among Russian-speaking creatives. I leant his technique, adapted it to my own style and vary it a lot depending on the art I do.
I also work in pastels, all sorts of graphic media, currently exploring watercolours and dry brush technique.
I like bright, impressionistic colours. I paint in higher key with a room still left in that direction. And wouldn’t change it for the world. I love ultramarine blue shadows on a sunny day and exaggerated warmth of the sunlight in a landscape. While my basic palette is quite limited I have quite a bit of optional colour that I sometimes use even straight out of the tube.