For the uninitiated, the creation of a painting may look like magic, requiring a gift or talent. The painting appears according to the good will of the artist in a fluid and mysterious way.

Yet, for insiders, the process is often far from being magic. Often, there are years of learning and effort behind this appearance of magic. Of course, the creative process is not always difficult and unpleasant; otherwise there would be much fewer artists in the world. There are also moments of joy, grace, fulfillment, satisfaction and accomplishment that are experienced during the creative process.

"Contemplation active" (Active contemplation). Oil, cold wax and acrylic on wood panel. Size: 11 x 14 x 1/16 in (28 x 35,6 x 0,5 cm). Sept. 2017. © 2017, Louise Lamirande.

“Contemplation active” (Active contemplation).
Oil, cold wax and acrylic on wood panel.
Size: 11 x 14 x 1/16 in (28 x 35,6 x 0,5 cm).
Sept. 2017.
© 2017, Louise Lamirande.

Example of the Process in Photos

Today, I would like to share with you, photos from the creation’s stages of one of my paintings. You will see that there is nothing magical in that case. True magic, in my opinion, comes from a mix of listening, resilience, experience and perseverance.

Before to begin, I must say, for those who are new to this blog, that intuition is very important in my creative process. I almost never have a definite image of what I want to paint before I start. I paint spontaneously until I seize a path that please me to follow more voluntarily and rationally. The experience of the creative process would be very different if I used to plan my paintings before I started them! Note that I have nothing against planning. It’s just not my way of working.

It all started with an idea of painting with oil over India ink underpainting…

The starting point: an India ink underpainting over an acrylic ground. © 2017, Louise Lamirande.

The starting point: an India ink underpainting over an acrylic ground.
© 2017, Louise Lamirande.

 

I wanted to add only a few touches of colors with the oil paint and keep some of the India ink visible. However, I added far too much paint and covered the entire underpainting. Oops…… !!

The main advantage of oil paint mixed with cold wax medium is that you can scratch the paint or reactivate some of the underlying layers even after several days. This opens the door to a lot of possibilities.

I was very enthousiastic and added for too much paint. I did not like it. © 2017, Louise Lamirande.

I was very enthousiastic and added for too much paint. I did not like it.
© 2017, Louise Lamirande.

I did not like the result at all. So, I covered the entire painting, but I was still not satisfied. At least I had a new base to build on!

I decided to cover the painting and continue in a new drection. © 2017, Louise Lamirande.

I decided to cover the painting and continue in a new drection.
© 2017, Louise Lamirande.

And it is between the previous picture and the one below that the last transformation leading to the final result took place.

I finally found the direction to take and here is the result. © 2017, Louise Lamirande.

I finally found the direction to take and here is the result.
© 2017, Louise Lamirande.

Even if the creative process is sometimes rough, feels erratic and far from magical, that’s what brings me back to the studio every time. It is a moment of learning, contact with oneself and opening to the unknown. It’s a summary of life and in that way, it’s real magic…

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