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The Zen of my studio practice...

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

I'm mostly nocturnal so when I feel the itch to work it's usually at night. The first, and one of the most important things I do is find what music I'll use to set the mood. I don't rely much on reference images because I find them distracting or even inhibiting, as I know I'll then continuously try to copy them exactly, and that's not at all what I want my work to look like. Instead I revert back to the thoughts that keep me awake at night and jot these ideas down in my sketchbook and let the music create the rhythm by which I convey the story. Once I've handled the tasks of preparation, I "elevate" my senses and get to work. It's at this moment that I fall into a kind of trance where I'm tracing the images I see on the canvas that appeared from my thoughts... which is kinda trippy and explains why a lot of my work has either loose strokes or, is visually very dreamlike. Since I've made the change over to oils I find it allows me to stay at work for longer periods of up to eight hours in a single day. Imagine, being in a meditative trance for up to eight hours? There's nothing more rejuvenating... or addictive. And that's all folks. What are some of your studio practices?


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