Studio Blog 10 / by Ilyssa Harrington

Starting is the hardest part.

This week I started painting my canvas grounds. I started by just covering the paintings with the color palette I chose. I began making marks and working into the paintings. It is difficult to know exactly where I am going in the beginning, during this part of the painting process I am timid and unsure of my mark making. But during this time I discover new things and deeper meaning in the paint.

A artist who I am looking at is Jenny Saville. Her show Erota has figure merging above and below mark making. The piece below is entitled One out of Two (Symposium).