05.04.21. And in the beginning. 5th April 2021

Firstly, thanks for stopping by, I can go on a bit at times, so take heed, but if you want to get to know me and my processes a little better, then this is the place to be.

So, here we are, my first blog post, the first of many of my ramblings, hopefully.

This has been a hard slog so far, if you have read my back story then you will understand why, but I am making progress, onward and upward as they say.

Anyway, I will just park that for a while, I want to talk, or write, more about my process today, if I may.

As I mentioned on my intro page, the first thing I do to any canvas, even before I prime them, is to string the back so as I am able to hang them between applications of paint. 

This allows me to paint more than one canvas at a time, and keep the wet paintings off the floor, so as:

A. I don't tread on them.

B. I don't get paint everywhere.

C. Our dogs, Eva and Olly, dont brush alongside them and paint the house and furniture in all sorts of weird and wonderful colours.

Also on the back of my artwork, I list my SLFA stock number, the title of the piece, and the month in which I painted it. Plus I sign it with my Sterling Lee initial signature.

I like to paint a number of pieces at a time, as this allows me to keep the energy up in a piece. 

By that I mean that when I start to paint, the initial pencil marks are full of energy anticipation, and excitement. This gives me a particular rush, butterflies, call it what you will, but its an energy I get which is different to that which I get at the end of a piece, but I will save that for another blog.

The next piece is always going to be amazing, but after a few hours at the easel, my enthusiasm wanes slightly, and I need to take a break from it.

This is where my next piece comes in. I will make the initial drawing on the next canvas, and that gets me all stoked up again, and when I need a break from that piece, I go back to the first piece, as my enthusiasm for it has usually been rekindled, and I want to get back on it, and carry it forward, and this goes on and on until they are finished.

So, there you have it, the beginnings of my site, my first blog post, and the initial steps to the creation of my artwork.

Anyway, thanks for reading. and allowing me to ramble, and I will see you on the next post.

Cheers

Sterling.

Black Cocker Spaniel, in art studio next to a blank canvas