Treating art as science
At its most natural, my painting process is far more an act of exploration and discovery than one of statement and creation. I’m happiest when I treat my work as scientific research in the pursuit of questions and generally have much less success if I have the expectation of revealing concrete answers. As artists, though, we seem to be in too much of a hurry towards the destination or just as often have been hurried there by others, deadlines, or impending bills. Our lives are much richer when we tend to the journey and not the destination.
Suitable use of layer modes
I’m looking for interesting shapes that match the existing world. My key Photoshop tools are simple transforms as well as Lighten and Darken layer modes. I prefer these modes because they don’t combine the pixels from each layer like Multiply, say, but instead override what you see with either the lightest or darkest pixel from either source. It results in a cleaner hybrid.