When painting the sea, i often find i stick to the same kind of traditional compositions, where as when i paint other things such as portraits or other landscapes, i play around a lot more with the composition. On Sunday i was looking through my window, which had been egged on Halloween ( yes i still haven't cleaned it) Through the egg wash and the condensation and the rain, the image through my lounge window intrigued me, how things get distorted and blurred through this window,everything seemed to be in line for a painting and i thought why not try painting it. In second year my tutor once told me, to try and paint everything, imagine leaving art school with out painting a tree, well i though i have never painted a van, so why not try. Although this painting turned out fairly realistic, i started it from just shapes of the basic colours, and let the paint do the rest of the work. Pouring diluted white paint down the board and blending it with a big brush to get a sense of blurriness, and then applying small details where necessary. I always find that there is no one way to paint a painting, this painting could have been done with tiny brushes building up the layers, but when this took approximately half an hour to produce, why not let the paint do the work for you:?
In contrast, i went back to one of my Borth watercolour studies, and decided to try and tackle it using thick paint. This is just made of one layer or paint.not allowing any of the other layers to come through. The paint made all opaque so that each layers still built up, but in a different kind of way. interestingly this painting also came out more realistic than some of my other work. Which isn't necessarily what i enjoy about painting, For instance, i knew this painting required more detail on areas, but i became quickly bored of it, as the main intention for this painting was to purely represent, it doesn't have any of my personality, or my feelings towards it in the painting. However, is still a good excercize to do. I find at the moment im working in a lot of different ways, and hopefully there will come a point where these begin to crossover in one image rather than as if my paintings were made by multiple artists.