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The Process

A.L.Poland

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I thought it may be fun to show a little of my personal process in relation to painting. I work sometimes hours away from home. For some reason when driving to work I seem to come up with ideas. Some of my inspiratiions are random and don't really work out or translate to canvas well. However, I always sketch them out just to see if they are doable. I try to abandon the fear of creating a bad painting or having to throw a messed up canvas away. I do not want to be inhibited by fear. A great quote that I love is, Dont think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if its good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. Andy Warhol

So this is where I began with my most recent painting "Bright Brown". I envisioned a layout of cubes. I wanted to create a picture that when looked at in its entirity was a "whole" picture of sorts, but when looked at closely had pieces missing. Something to really challenge the eyes and cross both the lines of reality and obscurity. My first step was to just clamp all of the canvases in a random shape that I felt I could sketch in the general shape and layout of the brown trout.

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Once I got the layout the way I saw fit, I had to then drill and bolt all the canvases together. After all that, I could actually start to paint. I have a tendency to always start with my backgrounds first. I feel with my style, the background really sets the mood of my paintings. I wanted this background to be dark with a sense of warm light kissing the edge of the fish. For the body I started with a yellow ochre base, giving a bright color to build all those wonderful brown trout tones off from.

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Here is my little early morning painting buddy Gracie, complete with crazy hair! This shot shows the beginnings of the head.

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I have always loved fish eyes. However, until I started painting them did I truly realize how important they are to the soul of a fish. You can really see in this picture how the eye really makes the fish, well, a fish.

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What I had envisioned was to create a luminescent look, centering around the middle spotted section of the brown. You know that magical spot where the colors range from blues, teals, silvers, and purples on brown trout.

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After working in some reflections, and glazing, finally done! "Bright Brown"

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