“And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.“
– Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
When painting, I seek spontaneity, a looseness. I stand to paint, often walking away from the work, checking it out from different angles, and coming back to it with a renewed perspective.
I have discovered the randomness of an underpainting is one of the best tools to force me to be loose, even when painting in watercolour. It can create surprising elements that can emerge from the painting, as long as I don’t overpaint. There lies the trick!