The holiday period is so exciting because I get more time to paint and this also means that I can afford to be a bit more experimental.
While I painted this pattern I listened to music, heard my kids jumping on the trampoline nearby and shortly after prepared a picnic to eat in the sun with them.
But after it's painted.. there is a whole other life to explore with it.
The first step is photographing it in the right light to get the colours right. Then I put it into photoshop and start looking at how I can turn it into a pattern.
The beauty of working in acrylic AND digitally is that the painting gets to live a full and rich life of its own. Who knows where it might end up? Recently some of my designs have been purchased as iphone covers - and for each sale I get a commission for the design and it is just such a great feeling having my work 'out there'.
The next step is to apply the design to all of the places I think it might look good - like on this bed!
The next stage of the process is listing it as a raw file for printing on wallpaper and fabrics too for people to make their own projects with. At this point I can play further with scale and maybe even pop some colours some more.
But finally, and most excitingly, I then get to go back to the studio and finish the painting to be a painting on its own. It's 'other life' as a pattern can be lived quite separately and I want the work to hang forever on a wall feeling complete.
I'm feeling some metallic detailing coming on to finish this piece and then, the final stop, will be listing it for sale on my website.
What a wonderful journey!