10 Morning Minutes.

I’ve decided to start a 10 minute morning routine, creating a small piece of artwork over a few days.

Monday Morning

I am working on a landscape, the reference photo was taken on a trip to Nova Scotia in 2017. Using my own painted papers I am first tracing the shape, then cutting and gluing. I am considering the colour and tone of the collage piece before cutting. I have always found collage challenging so hoping this will open doorways into further experiments with a variety of media.

Tuesday Morning

Two more collage pieces, land mass shadow and first tree trunk.

Wednesday Morning…oops

So wanting to introduce the sky and lake reflection but not a trace of cool colours in sight. Wednesday evening saw me painting more papers in blues tones…

Thursday Morning

Sky and lake in place, pleased with colours and texture. One day left to complete this piece!

Friday Finish!

Friday, finished with much learning…
You will see I attempted tree branches which I felt detracted from the distant land so I peeled them off. I loved making the painted papers (three new darks in the photo below). I thought the little collage made up of my off cuts into a row of pot plants so cute, (thanks to my partner Simon) and confirmed my thinking that art materials on the dining table should be part of the breakfast ritual! Thank you for following my week of collage. Now what will be my next arty project…..hmmmm.🤔🙂🙋🏼‍♀️

Side-track to “Road Home” – experimenting with tonalism and atmosphere.

As the weather cools and my mind wanders to far away places, I chose to take a side-road back into landscape; looking deeper into atmospheric techniques. Have called this work “Road Home” and is an experiment using various media to produce atmosphere. I am leaning towards a mix between Stage 1. and 3. (below) and will continue experimenting. The completed study is approximately 450 x 450 mm sq. worked on textured paper.

Wild Heather

A few weeks ago, when the weather was sunny I took the easel outside in the Autumn warmth.  I like to have several paintings on the go, of varying sizes. It gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction as one completes and another begins. I particularly enjoy working on a square format.

IMG_3767

 

Time to fail…

I have come to realise the importance of playing, failing and discovery.  Here are some of my experiments from the weekend. Some worked, some didn’t, but what was important is that I rocked up to the easel and was ready to fail; because I now realise that within that failure is inevitable discovery!

 

 

Last on the board…

All three landscapes are now finished and many learnings during the process.  Have started thinking about this weeks studies and will post as I go.  I am allowing myself short bursts of activity before and after work duties, just as I did prior to lockdown, keeps me focused and grounded – thank goodness for art in my life!

This Weeks Challenge…

The three landscape studies above were started after making small black and white studies (size of matchbox)j from several photo’s.  All very much experimental and not necessarily looking for finished pieces.  Never-the-less this first completed piece ‘Road to Patuha – II’ seems to have found it’s focus.

The first work, far left on my drawing board was posted earlier this week – the completed image below.  Link takes you to my FB page  Road to Patuha – the making.

Road to Patuha - II

 

 

Toward the Tararua Ranges

This pastel study uses both wet and dry  pastel blending.  My aim was to produce a quietly toned piece that echoes the calmness I find in the landscape of the ranges.  In such changing times the ability to look towards such beauty, in all it’s strength and solidness, is both reassuring and grounding – I consider myself fortunate.

Follow the Way

There are times when I enter the studio with one focus; to choose the brightest colour paint or pastel and producing something bright and gestural.  The energy from using bright colours is almost tangible. I come away feeling alive, my mood lifted and my confidence boosted.  I found this link The Benefits of Painting and believe it is worth a read. Although not solely referring to colour it does describe the benefits of creativity. 

This small (7″ sq) pastel piece has been painted on primed textured board.  You will find it listed for sale on the website, just follow the link.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: