I usually begin a painting by choosing a drawing from my journal that I feel a deep connection to. Often a drawing will speak to me with a certain idea or impression that I feel compelled to explore. From there I start to create a story or choose a myth or goddess that I feel depicts the figure I have chosen to work with. So begins my artistic love affair.... the process of planning the work; choosing the subject matter, creating a story, experimenting with colors and textures to support the imagery, and then orchestrating it all into a successful composition is just the beginning.
Now with a plan; the next step begins with plain white cloth; my fabric of choice here is Fuji Silk Broadcloth. Then I dye the fabric often more than once to create the background that will be the setting for my work. I think of it as preparing the canvas.
Sometimes using printmaking techniques, or sometimes hand painting, and textile paints or more dyes, I add and layer imagery or textures, building upon the surface to create depth, dimension, and visual interest in support of my figure or theme.
Step by step, each layer adds to the next; mixing just the right color of paint, deciding on the sequence of steps to get the results that I have in my mind, until the painting is complete.