"Dot Painting is art as therapy," says Campbellford artist Krista Moreton. "You almost go into a trance when you get absorbed in dotting."
Krista has been developing her skills for some time now and has turned her attention to increasingly complex projects. She began with mandala patterns on rocks but soon found that canvas afforded her greater freedom and creativity with the art form.
Dot painting, also known as Pointillism, is a simple process for the beginner. A hand-drawn or stencilled pattern is etched onto prepared canvas and the hypnotizing dots are applied with varying sizes of brushes or “dotters”.
Acrylic paints are used which can be purchased affordably in a great range of colours, and even mixed together for more colour options. Some metallic and glitter paints for special accents like jewellery cost a bit more, Krista says.
Although it is engaging work, Forte's recent workshop with Krista proves that it can also be a great project to enjoy while chatting with a friend, at least in the learning stages.
Dot painting lends itself to any subject or genre, and is limited only by the imagination of the artist.
Krista finds that faces are the most challenging works she's undertaken so far due to the amount of detail required to create a recognizable likeness through shading, shadow and features. "It's not something you do at one sitting," she says. "Simple pieces can be completed in a couple of hours, but more complex works can take 40 hours or more."
Krista displays her work at local craft and Christmas markets from time to time, and some pieces are available for purchase through her social media page. Prices are based on the complexity of the work and the hours required to complete the project.
If you'd rather try your hand at this entrancing art form than buy a finished piece, stay tuned for another Forte workshop with Krista in the not-too-distant future!