How do you tell if you have arrived at a good idea or a good painting?
I want to feel that I’ve tapped into something that I don’t fully understand. I want to feel that the image is a surprise, and there is a mystery there to be solved, or at least wider story.
Do you feel you have a clear creative process? Or is this something more fluid?
Once I'm happy with the rough sketch, the technique is pretty clear. I build up the painting in layers, allowing it to dry after each layer. In that way the form, light, value, and color are built upon. I like the slow build up because a lot of important decisions occur as I’m working, and it also allows me time to give my full attention to each element in the image.