So working through the process of painting has been a bit of a learning curve.
I attempted to project the photos onto the board initially, but disregarded this idea when I realised too much of the original image became abstracted too quickly.
Printing each image brought with it a whole new set of issues, in particular printing costs which escalate each time I scale up the image. This means that I have to perfect each painting, because the price of re-doing a painting isn’t one I can afford!
The initial paintings were fairly successful, but with each larger scale I found the paper creased on the surface far more regularly and air-bubbles began to appear when I started painting. Though I do not see this as a hindrance (it reveals more of the process I commit to in creating the paintings by using the paper texture of the prints and creates a unity with the textural marks I make on the surface) I wanted to try and minimise this as the paintings get bigger so I remain in control of the finished image.
In order to do this I now must allow for a day to set and paste the image on to the board, and another day for the PVA primer to dry before building up layers of paint.
It makes the process a little bit longer, but if it means the finished painting will be better it’ll be worth it in the end!