Leah Nadeau, Abstract Artist
When I first began painting, my process was completely different. I used paint and canvas, and that was about it. Although I've always worked intuitively, the addition of paint markers has been a new and fun addition to my creative process.
What made me decide to add doodles and lines to my art? Well, I started drawing late at night while watching tv and fell in love with the feeling of a pen in my hand! Something about the smooth lines comforted me and I wanted to put that element in my art.
Listening to upbeat music while dancing along is a must while I create. I feel it puts me in a good mood, and when I'm in a good mood I'm more likely to create beautiful paintings!
My process begins with applying a base color over the canvas. This way I block in a color to then build layers upon. I play with brushstrokes and let the first layer completely dry. For the next layer I reinforce areas of the painting I like, and paint over the parts I don't like. I add layer after layer until I see a story I love.
Creating an abstract painting is like solving a puzzle. There are many variables that have to be perfect for the painting to come together.
A lot of people ask me how I know if a painting is done. Usually I just know. I feel proud and happy deep down, like I accomplished something great.
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