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.

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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!

 

 

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.

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