Allison Richter Wildlife Studio

Planned Spontaneity

I often create a large plan of works I would like to create before I begin putting my thoughts on canvas.

So what makes me churn out one particular image of a subject before another?  Controlled spontaneity.  Sound fun?

I love structure where I can define what my bodies of work and individual pieces should consist of.  I give myself a tasks brought on by the desire to put my thoughts into pigment and shape.

I will roughly plan out how many total pieces I am going to create.  Then I break it down into how many various sizes I believe this should entail, as well as what colors I would like to see.

Then I give myself a schedule of how many pieces should be created within a certain time frame.

Enough with the structure already.  Where’s the fun?

The fun comes in where I get to choose which items I would like to work on that night, and which piece is the one or ones that I am most drawn to at the moment.  I allow myself to change my sizes and ideas within the realm of keeping it consistent so that I don’t feel boxed in.  If I want to paint with abandon I will chose large brush strokes of color blocking on new pieces.  If I’m wanting more control I will chose canvases that are detailing where I can concentrate on smaller areas with more of a finishing feel.

Controlled spontaneity may not sound as fun from an outside point of view, but inside the thought and hands-on application of the planned pieces it really is a joy.  This keeps me on track and my works, individually and as a whole, in line with my overall vision.

Allison Richter – a national wildlife artist