I began just painting basic shapes: squares, circles, spirals – and trying to add some sort of an effect to make the colours stands out. I swapped acrylics for DIY centre metallic and gloss paints, started shifting the colours around with scrapers. Then I tried cutting the skin of the half-dry paints and scratching effects into the background.
I figured spraying metallic paints over the matt and gloss below would look good if I could speed-dry the surface of the paint to make it crack and tear. After that I found I could get an antique effect by working in copper and rust patinas.
As soon as I start trying to push a picture in one direction it just bares my inadequacies. Any techniques I have developed have come from trial and error, but I wouldn’t dream of listening to sound advice. Why would I? Painting, when I have time, is the ‘point’ of it all. It’s like my music – the result is what comes out when I feel I’ve thrashed around enough; it’s not something I aim at achieving.
It’s all an internal learning process. If I like what I end up with, I may try to use the same colours and techniques again. If I don’t – I won’t; but they’re all roads you have to go down before you can say ‘do it this or that way’ – or don’t!