I'm currently working on a series of paintings similar to this one on canvas. The style I most often paint in is layered, energetic and gestural. I try to paint intuitively and spontaneously, and my mind is clear when I'm painting --or at least that's the goal. This is of course abstract expressionism, and it's a style I find simultaneously frustrating and liberating. Each painting is a struggle to find balance between shape and color, light and dark. I often find myself overworking a painting especially when I'm frustrated, and in an effort to give myself space and find some calm, I have started painting smaller works on paper in different styles in between painting sessions. I sometimes call these smaller paintings "patience paintings". Paper is far less precious than canvas, and taking a break and experimenting with different styles helps me focus and clear my mind.
Here are three different styles I've been experimenting with all inspired by images of moths.
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