Out of the chaos emerge tiny pieces of tonalism... Nothing is wasted...these little studies have been taken from a larger piece which didn't make the grade. When I do this exercise of finding compositions within a work, and sometimes manipulating the contrast and highlights, I find momentum for further work. It's fun and I have... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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.
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!
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... Continue Reading →