Group crit went well and had some good comments about the newest paintings. Really started to see my work going somewhere but this painting wasn’t for me.
With that in mind, I’m sure I will always look back at this painting as a breakthrough.
It changed my whole perception on painting, in my head it is representational but apparently many people see different things and evokes a lot of emotion.
But that’s not all I have learned, through exploring paint application, brush sizes, applying the paint straight from the tube aswell as glazing and mixing my own colours using water to thin down the paint, I realised there is so much more for me to discover in paint. However painting clouds is no longer for me.
after deciding clouds were not for me I looked back at some old work and thought that waves and the sea was something I always liked to have in my work. The water. And a lightbulb moment was I realised I have always been interested in movement and light and the forces of nature. And the paintings that are the weaker are ones where they are of something still.
Capturing movement in a painting rather than representing nature is my new goal.
I went out to test my theory and instantly was drawn to the water, the way it reflects the sky aswell as how it can be entirely different to the sky. And how it can be calm or how it can be so powerful.
I was only at the seafront for around an hour and I’d already filled half a sketchbook with sketches of the waves and did about 8 oil studies and felt so happy that I had something to work on and develop.
Now time to channel all this enthusiasm and get meaning in to the paintings getting the sense of place rather than a pure representationz