Painting details

Details can separate a realistic render from an impressionistic one, but how much is too much? Should the brush strokes be visible? These questions are surfacing in my recent painting practice.

I have been on a mission, since October, to simplify my painting process. My hope is to produce a cohesive series following the color spectrum. I started with red. Now I am on orange. I am learning about my practice and encountering new challenges.

My most recent challenge: how many details should I include? How does a cross hatch suffice instead of a hyper realistic depiction? Should my brushstrokes be visible? How will I answer these questions?

Squeaky Clean, 12 x 12 oil on panel (work in progress)

The bath poof / soap painting is not complete but much like the pencil painting I distanced myself from the work. I don’t love orange but I want to continue my series. My hope is that by using the powers of distancing and perseverance I can grow in my practice. Isn’t stretching yourself fun!

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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