April. How has that happened?! I hadn't changed the calender over from march until today, Partly because i loved march's painting. ( The calender was a Christmas gift from my grandparents full of my grandads paintings) Changing it over brought the sudden realisation that we are now half way through April, Power is on full.
Throughout the last couple of days i have been working on this piece, together with other work but i finally got around to painting something a bit larger. With the weather changing dramatically from when i started this project back in January, I'm longing for days where we get rain, or any skies! So On Monday around 8 pm i went out sketching in the rain, and taking some videos to work from. Over the past few months i have realised that its more important to paint than to worry about the outcome. I used to constantly compare my work to other artists, where as now i feel i invest my time in my paintings, as anyone can paint, but no one can paint exactly like me. I want to show the land in a different way, lacking human life, lacking the man made world just to highlight the power of nature. Ive started to simplify my compositions, not over working them to show just what stands out to me in the scene, trying not to pretty-fiy them. I suppose its leaning towards abstraction at this point, but I'm not afraid of that.
The painting i actually finished on friday after a discussion with my tutor, she told me not to hold back and just answer the painting. I feel i have done so, i eliminated a lot of the marks and i am pleased with the overall outcome, it was a stressful one to complete but i am happy for now. Here after i need to complete my other paintings and paint the edges ready to be exhibited. I am mostly excited about the exhibition and although filled with fear, the moment the work is on the wall i can celebrate.
Saturday, i did some finally touches on the painting cleaning up a few areas and thinking about a possible new painting. In the evening i made a paella, after a lovely hot day i couldn't think of anything better to eat, later watching the sunset with a few friends and a fire, it is just as important to spent some time with the people i have got to know over the last three years, and it is very sad that it is coming to an end.