When you have been painting a certain way for several years, it is hard to shed old habits. Initially, I was thinking of stencils as shapes. I created stencils of bits and pieces that I hoped I could use as part of an artwork.
I picked flowers as the subject matter because I don't really paint florals - I don't have any fixed idea of what this subject matter should look like. And it is close enough to my vegetation work to enjoy it sufficiently.
I took an old demo canvas and put a layer of Titanium White over it to start fresh, then used different kinds of gel applied through the stencils of various kinds of flower stencils with a palette knife. Here are some of the stencils of flowers and foliage:
Trying to think about composition, I built up quite a bit of texture on the canvas. I was still using the stencils here and there as shapes. Then I applied some glazes over it so that I could see the shapes better. I started to apply some veils and opaque paint, some of it applied through a stencil until I got here and got stuck:
I lost interest in this one because I really wasn’t sure how to move forward with it. I wasn’t really satisfied using stencils as just components and it didn't feel new and exciting. And in the meantime, an accidental discovery sent me in a completely different direction that did feel exciting!
The Okanagan provides inspiration wherever you look. I enjoy both painting on location and working in my studio. For more information contact me at email@example.com