Great paintings don't just happen. Well, they don't just happen for me, anyway. That's why its called creative "process." If you read some of the writings from some of the greats, like Van Gogh, Picasso, etc. they often talk about the doubts and crazy emotions associated with this creative process. I totally get how Van Gogh could cut off his ear. While I haven't considered severing body parts, I have contemplated throwing myself on the floor, taking to the bed, or drinking/shopping/spa-ing my way back to 'happy.' Creating is not for wimps, y'all.
So, once again I thought I'd give you a peak into my crazy, straight up coo-coo, painting process. Warning: language ahead.
Next, I intuitively grab colors that say "Pick ME, Pick ME!!" and I block them onto the canvas. Keep in mind, these canvases are fairly big...50" x 42". Working large like this can have some challenges like running out of the paint I've mixed, but these first layers are just the building blocks. Also, I spin the canvases A LOT during this stage, looking for that feeling in my gut that says YES!