These two Irises are among some of my favorite paintings because they were done in “premiere coup” style…that means first strike or first blow.
The process for me is I intentionally decide the color, the direction of the brush stroke and the pressure of the brush stroke all before ever touching the brush to the surface that I am painting on.
As I make each brush stroke I leave it exactly as it was when laid down on the canvas or board without retouching or reworking it. This means that the process of each stroke is done in my mind first, it is a contemplative practice that can be very freeing and in many ways healing.
This direct painting method that has no underpainting layers and no drawing, it is simple, intuitive and fresh… from me through the brush to the surface. .
I think it is similar to Chinese painting in some sense because of the immediacy of it.
You will be able to see the brushstrokes in the close up photos below.
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