WHY THE ARTWORLD IS BUZZING ABOUT IRIS
She developed a unique, stylistic fingerpainting process - wearing surgical gloves and placing the oil paint directly on her fingers. The result is a sophisticated and vibrant post-impressionistic style that echoes the masters of old. Her unique composition and style has attracted collectors from around the globe.
HOW THE FINGERPAINTING STARTED
People often ask me how I approach creating an original oil finger painting. Sketching and photography are very key. Sometimes its a photograph that provides the inspiration, and sometimes I just start sketching and develop the composition. In the evenings before painting days I stretch the canvas by hand, cover it with primer, and set it up in the studio for the following morning.
A new painting always begins in the morning with a strong cup of coffee in hand. Like my dentist, I put on my purple latex gloves and get right to work. Before I became a finger-painter, washing brushes was never my strong point, but now changing colors is achieved in seconds! I simply wipe the paint off my fingertips against a coarse paper towel and grab the next color. Holbein Aqua Oils are the richest and most consistently smooth line of paint, and I use them exclusively. Once the painting begins, Pandora radio fills the studio with an eclectic playlist of musicians and bands to energize and inspire. My fingers dance rapidly across the canvas - some say it reminds them of a piano player in action. The colors collide and meld into my composition, raw oils are squeezed straight from the tubes, the texture is thick and juicy. This chaotic scene goes on well into the evening. To stay focused I dance, I sing, I stretch.
Making a painting is like going to war, but the battle is thrilling. Luckily the battle is getting easier to win, my ammunition is growing more advanced and my stamina improving with practice. I keep fantasizing about which finger paintings do not exist yet, someday I will make a painting I love too much to sell. For now...I hope you enjoy! IRIS SCOTT