I'm Cait Sherwood, a mixed-media painter who works into art journals.

I make art from the trash of the art I made before.

Big Painting in Progress

Through the unending generosity of my wizardly father, I have access to a huge painting space now.  I will show pictures eventually.  For now I am really just in awe of it, and adjusting my mental perspective to truly acclimate to (and to truly accept) the space.  I am not worthy.  

But, I started my first large painting in a while.  Here are some pictures along the way.  


As usual, I had no idea what I was going to paint at this point.  So I just followed my gut and went with yellow as a first layer.  I use so many layers in one painting that I often start by just laying a ground in a certain color.  That usually will inspire the next move.

See?  It's yellow now.

Then I have to decide something, anything!  So I decide to block in some tree-like forms and colors, responding to the horizon line visible at the farm where this space is.  I added some sky with a HUGE BRUSH which was so delightful.  Painting big is new for me, really.  In the past, I have tended to piece small works together to make something bigger.

Here are the results at the end of Day 1, a full 8 hour day of painting, as posted on Instagram.  I used a weird filter on this photo.  In real life, the painting is bright and has neon shades in certain areas.

As you can see, I paint with very watery, wet acrylics.  I let the paint drip and I work into it later, after it dries.

And, finally (for now), here is the result of the end of Day 2, another full 8 hour day of painting.  This day was about refining and adding small details.  I approach sharper details with gouache.  Also important, I use a hair dryer to dry paint between layers.  For years, I would just wait for layers to air dry.  I get quadruple the amount of work done now that I dry it manually.  It's a trick (if you can even call it that--it's common sense!) that I picked up at the commercial screen printing shop I work in.


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