To start off my direction in to painting skies and seas. I’ve been looking at a few artists as well as studying the forces and observing and Drawing!
As well as researching there is only
So much you can do with out actually painting. It’s like learning to play the guitar with out any strings.
With my tutorial this week me and my tutor have discussed going larger now and painting with fluid paint glazes
And impasto to really push my self, as I tend to paint stuck to myself, so for this next week I’m really going to try and push my self pouting paint on the canvas and scraping back washing applying water and even leaving it in the rain on my next canvas as- when bringing this painting to uni it got rain all
Over it and actually made it look very interesting, using natural resources to try and push painting to its maximum in my ability to let the paint be paint but still look intriguing.
I’ve also decided to not foxus so much on other artists work for this week at the moment as I feel it’s holding me back from
Being myself as I’m fixated on how other artists manage to do it rather than figuring things out for myself.
Preparing Canvasses for painting.
Discussing with my tutor about working on some grounds this week and using thinner paint- invested in some
Clouds- what is it about them?
Monday: Grounds a ready and off out to do some studies in the landscape. Looking at composition
Looking for some inspiration I struggled up constitution with my paint and canvass just an hour before the sun was going to set and went sketching and painting. I started off doing some thumbnail sketches around looking for some interesting compositions. And drawing from different angles. I looked at this composition and did a quick water colour sketch and drew my canvas out of the commotion I went for and marked out some of the tones before coming home and finishing the painting.
Overall I was pleased with this painting and am seeing improvement in sense of light which is what I want to achieve.
Wednesday : Group Tutorial!
I came in with these paintings and overall it went well and got some good advice for where I should go and what I can do to get better. I love going to these group tutorials with not a very busy timetable this year in terms of lectures I’m beginning to see the value of these critiques and seeing everyone else’s work and comments people make to see how this can help me in my own work.
Thursday group tutorial; Speaking with my tutor, seeing something different in a painting I did this week, where the actual landscape is of little
Importance. And is obvious that my main interest is in the clouds and sea! The realisation of why I am draw to portraiture and the water and sky and it’s because they are all constantly changing and moving rather than maybe buildings which just are always the same. This got me thinking and I realised a lot of the time in my paintings I’m most excited about painting skies, so now it’s time
To look at the sky!
First Week Back and we were asked to bring in some recent work from over the summer to talk about.
Throughout the summer I spent a lot of my time doing drawings, and only s few finished paintings. Over the summer I spent a month working in The Pyrenees in Spain in a multi adventure camp teaching Spanish children English as well as doing adventure mountaineering activities. Whilst here I was emerged in a new way of living surrounded by a montaneous environment I was amazed and inspired to creat some Paintings.
When returning home I continued to draw the environment and people and did some painting sketches.
On my return to Aberystwyth on the weeks prior to our first tutorial I went drawing and painting back in Aberystwyth. Having not painted here for a while now is as happy to paint the views again.
To get me
Started off on the new semester I decided to paint my favourite view towards the lighthouse ( which I have painted a lot) as I always find it’s a good starting point painting something you have done before, as you know a lot from the observation you have done and it restores some of the confidence in to yourself.
I did not want to get stuck in a rut this early in the semester!
Acrylic on Canvas view of light house..
In the studio on the first week I was stuck for what to start of straight away with . I had been inspired to look at light and darks and shadows as when looking at my work I felt there was a lack of contrast in my paintings. I started off by making up a painting Alla Prima of a
Made up portrait. Which admitidley
Didn’t go down well with my
Tutors as they feel portraiture is the wrong route for me to go down at this stage , as I seem to paint the same painting over and over. Which will lead me to going sideways rather than forwards .
This was a wake up call!
So it was back to the outdoors and to see what I find interesting in the landscape . I did a lot of sketches and some painting sketches. But when speaking to
My tutor we looked at my compositions and saw that some were slightly boring with just using the horizon as the middle of my painting. This made a lot of sense and I’ve started to look at different compositions from different angles something I always struggle with but at this point I need to improve on!
sketch in biro of the castle.
For the first week back I feel I have made a step into the right direction and now it’s time to bring all this together and push forward.