I have started a new series of paintings working from my drawings of coastal areas. By stretching and preparing the canvas myself I can control how much I want the canvas to absorb and leave raw areas of canvas exposed.
The drawings I find translate well into paintings are those that are very open, containing very limited information and space for me to play with a limited colour palette, translucency and obscuration. By selecting the drawings that are enigmatic, it enables me to take the drawings at face value rather using them as a recall to memory. The drawing is merely the starting point. This way I find gives way to the painting just being about the painting.