In some areas I apply colors that will be close
to what I think the final color should be. In other
places I might apply the opposite color to what I
imagine the final result will be. Although my
sketch does have some basic color notations for
certain areas, most of my color choices are
intuitive or from memory.
There is no formula to how I approach a
painting. I try to be open and not overthink things
too much. Working from a simple black and white ink
sketch helps in that way, so that I feel free to
experiment and experience the piece as simply paint
on canvas, while at the same time integrating my
feelings and memories of the place.
At this point I have covered the canvas with one
rough initial layer of paint, and the "euphoria" of
the early stage is gone. This is usually the most
difficult point for me. The painting is a confused
mass with little cohesion or unity, but I know that
these early colors and shapes are already creating
relationships and harmonies that will guide and
influence the path of this painting.
Hopefully I can create something from this mess
with at least a little beauty and poetry.