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The Life of a Painting: Inspiration

As promised this next series of blogs will document the creation of a painting from beginning to end. I’ve always been curious how other artists work; whether they go through the same ups and downs I seem to experience on every painting I do. I’m fascinated by the creative process and hope this experiment will give a little insight into mine.

There is always some spark of an idea that germinates and grows in my mind until I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to do. That spark can be something I’ve seen, or dreamed, or remembered, and often the work of another artist will inspire me as well. In the case of this particular piece, it came at the suggestion of a friend to revisit a place I have painted at before. In fact 20 years before! The thought of reinterpreting this location as a much different artist seemed a cool idea.

By the way, if anything I’m describing needs clarification or if you have any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment, and I will do my best to help.

Posted by Clayton Anderson on May 16, 2014
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  1. 05/16/2014

    I look forward to reading the future posts. I find it really interesting to see how others work. I notice you paint on panels often, is there a reason you prefer panels over canvas?

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    • 05/17/2014

      Hi Deb, thanks for your interest. There are a few reasons, and my next post will address that very subject among others…stay tuned. I am also fascinated by other artists methods which was the inspiration for this blogging project.

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