The final week before going home for a week or so. Involving tutorials, essay writing, and finishing paintings. I am definitely in need of some kind of break, even if i am going to be working a lot over Christmas. It will be nice to let my mind not think about uni work for a small while.
Wednesday: A small A4 Study i decided to paint on a pink ground. Really enjoying the night time light at the moment, as well as street studies. I think its because of the challenge of drawing the perspective, and also it has given me a way to break away from traditional compositions. I am quite pleased with the end result of this semi abstract painting, perhaps it could be a route i continue to push. The space where abstraction and realism meet has always intrigued me, and at the moment my abstract and realistic paintings are still very separate. I hope that some point in the near future they meet.
Artist Inspiration of the week.
Towards Kairaouine Mosque, Fès- Study I 2016
Oil on Panel 13½ x 14 inches.
Feeling a bit unwell this week, winter flu seems to be in the air and getting my motivation levels down. However today I decided to get back to some street studies, I haven’t painted anything like this in a long long while. Drawing things that are straight is normally a no go with me as I don’t have the patience. But today I decided to do a muted sepia study-( no black is used - I never use black in any of my paintings). I’ve noticed that the liquitex titanium
White seems to be different- has it changed? If so I’m not enjoying the new formula.
Anyway back to the painting- i like to draw buildings as it is always a challenge for me, I’m not all about the fine details and am aware that things aren’t perfectly accurate , but I kind of like that.
The abstract smoke over mountain paintings are at the stage where things aren’t quite working , but that’s something I enjoy about painting. Soon they will fit together , I hope.
I’m also working on some semi abstract road scenes which are currently undergoing a lot of work so perhaps they’ll be on display in my next blog.
14:00 I swear we just had an earthquake.. not like the normal wind you hear in the old college, the building shook! Or possible sonic boom?
Anyway, update on the abstract series this one is another one which is part of the four which I aim to have finished by the time I go home for Christmas. Taking inspiration from Peter Doig perhaps.
Oil on canvas
Starting to really enjoy painting square compositions. These abstract studies are based on smoke over mountains with trees. The main interest is looking at the possibilities paint has, letting it drop and letting it move around. I enjoy this kind of painting but often in my representational work I begin to over focus on the detail. I like both types of painting but I look forward to the day they begin to overlap. Where abstraction and representation meet has always been an interest of mine, and trying to push it is my intention in the work I’m producing at the moment.
Strangely roads have begun to enter my paintings, which is strange as normally I like to look at the power of nature alone compared to the man made elements, making them less important in a composition. However, I’m
Just going with the flow at the moment and letting the paint lead me. And at the moment the paint is leading me towards roads.
stusy from earlier in the week back to squares and looking through windows and looking at the drips to create atmosphere