A short note on working on paper

I have prepared 11 birch boards in different sizes; they are covered in layers of color and wild marks. They are hanging on my studio wall, but I’m not ready to go into dialogue with them yet. Maybe soon, or it might take some time. It doesn’t really matter; I trust the process and expect I will know when time is right.

sketchbook page

For now, I’m working on paper. And there is so many things I love about it. I love the feeling of good quality paper, how it is strong but also light, how easily it is cut to size. The way it takes my paint, and how perfect it is for all kinds of dry medium. Not to mention the cost compared to other substrates … Art on paper might for some not appear as fancy as art on canvas or panel — but really, paper is unparalleled when it comes to versatility.

 And I notice; working on paper makes me less attached to outcome – which again makes room for greater freedom, more experimentation …

“sketches have more vitality than paintings because you are finding things out by doing them.”
Paula Rego

My goal for the future then, a life’s work for sure, is to find a way to finish my paintings without giving up on vitality, rawness & freedom.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. bluebrightly says:

    This painting on paper is bursting with vitality! The colors and curves couldn’t be more lively and appealing. I just love it – and I get what you’re saying about the hesitation that can creep in when you work on more permanent media.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you ❤️

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