Jane Twin

Most often it all starts with a blank canvas. 

The first impression of emptiness is very deceiving. The blank canvas is full of promises, colors, compositions and subjects.  Perhaps, it is like a white sheet of paper that awaits a writer at the beginning of his journey to the end of an unwritten story.  Gradually, as the minutes pass by, certain contours start to show through and become clearer.  At this instant, it is crucial not to fright them off, but to start tracing the outlines in light ochre over the white canvas.  Then, step back, squint your eyes and look at the entire piece (that’s right, the painting is there once the first contours are drawn).  Gradually, the canvas gains color: first, only the overall palette, then – accents and spots, last – details.   There is certainly an option of making a rough sketch first to fix the image, but it’s always rewarding to work “live”. It’s the immediate art and life itself.. After the colors are laid down, the main work begins – the texture, chiaroscuro, representation of details…  There is no right or wrong approach.  Each painting dictates its own development process.  Most often, in the course of depiction of details, new objects, colors or subjects materialize (the latter, are plain unceremonious – come onto the canvas when they want and stay where they like).  I don’t object, but always amazed at the wonderful world that bloom under the brushes.  I never cease wondering and rejoicing.