I have always painted, always. I am happiest with a brush in my hand , I can draw adequately and I like to create but it is with paint that I feel I can express myself best. And when I say paint I mean watercolours. But I have no idea why sometimes it 'works' and other times it doesn't.
Let me try to explain what I mean.
Some of my best pieces have been painted reasonably quickly. Take Curled Fox who arguably has been my most successful piece to date I painted him quickly almost without thinking
But I can never paint him again, I can see the speed and the confidence in the painting . If I try to reproduce that I get tight, try to copy him, it doesn't end well.....
I think being in a good place helps, feeling lost in the painting .....Another 'happy' painting happened because I suddenly had a thought and I had to give it a go, the spark of the idea had to be ignited and so the swan landing was born....
So I HAVE to paint something just to see if it works . But believe me, many times it doesn't work but when it does I feel very happy and on I go ,splashing around.
Other paintings emerge from adversity, the whole thing goes wrong and I shove it under the tap and I enjoy the patterns that emerge more than anything I could ever do, this is how my owls have come to life. Watercolour is all about the happy accidents and using them to my advantage.
Then I think it is important to fit the painting to the state of mind I am in, some days are just not commission days . Like the day I saw an elephant that inspires me and my elephant series came into being. These are so lovely to do as they are just in Paynes Grey and I don't have to think about too many colours
So if I can get these things right and a little sprinkling of magic ,some days are very good ones indeed .