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My Process

My Process

| Linda McClure

I'm very inspired by the unknown. When I think about a painting that I want to create, I imagine the spaces in between my subjects. I want to know where the rhino is coming from and where is the elephant going. What did the bird just see and who left the boat?

I'm very inspired by the unknown. When I think about a painting that I want to create, I imagine the spaces in between my subjects. I want to know where the rhino is coming from and where is the elephant going. What did the bird just see and who left the boat?

I always start off in Photoshop because I trying to take what's in my mind and translate it into a vision that others can understand. Finally when that source comes together, when the Rhino or the horse or the elephant finds the right bird or fish or flower, the composition suddenly makes sense to me. The story comes alive and I can see the painting in my head. That's how I know it's going to resonate with my audience.

 photo of lion lion painting
Lion source created in Photoshop
Underpainting of lion. You can see the spray paint if you look closely.

I love starting off with collages and spray paint because that's the part of the painting that is coming straight from my brain in the moment. The imagery that is more realistic, the animals and flowers and birds, will end up looking like what I made in Photoshop. The abstract backgrounds of the paintings come right from the tips of my fingers like they were waiting there to appear. And that is a very magical part of the process.

 photo of cheetah and bird Polar bear and fish
Cheetah and crane source created in photoshop. This is a source I have not painted yet. I often create several sources at a time.
Another source from the Fearless series. 

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