Wild Things

Some wild things have been jumping around in my studio lately and have landed in two new paintings. I begin every painting with 2-5 layers of random brushstrokes of color, sometimes before I even know what I'm going to paint. The purpose of this is to take away that big expanse of white, and to loosen up for a day of painting. Both of these paintings emerged from these abstract painted marks to varying degrees.

 Curiosity 12x12" acrylic on canvas. Copyright 2016 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved

Curiosity 12x12" acrylic on canvas. Copyright 2016 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved

This curious giraffe began as random mark making in blue, magenta and purple. I had no plan about what I was going to paint on this canvas until suddenly, I saw this giraffe peeking out at me. So I quickly roughed him in and went with it.

 Early stage of Curious - Kim T. Richards

Early stage of Curious - Kim T. Richards

Eventually, I had to paint out most of that background, as I found it distracting, and it had already served its purpose. It is sometimes hard to cover those initial layers, and I occasionally leave them peeking through parts of the background as I did in the goat painting below.

 Trouble. 12x18" acrylic on canvas. Copyright 2016 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved

Trouble. 12x18" acrylic on canvas. Copyright 2016 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved

This mischievous goat was started on the same day. I knew I wanted to paint a goat, but I had no distinct vision of what it was going to look like. Again, the random mark making of the early painting layers told me which direction to head. I clearly saw a mountain view in those marks, and went with it.

 Early stage of Trouble - Kim T. Richards

Early stage of Trouble - Kim T. Richards

Sometimes, when i start a painting, I think I know exactly where I'm headed, and then the painting takes me in a curious and unexpected new direction. Other times, I have no idea where I'm headed and let my mark making mischief guide me. At any rate, the painting tells me where it needs to go, and I happily follow along.

Happy Painting!