The Lovely view from my studio space. Although I'm not currently painting the sea, i have been making some charcoal drawings, looking at the light, working out some compositions. Im certain i will return to painting it very soon.
a few of the sketches i have made this week for inspiration. Using different coloured greys and black paper and working negatively or positively with the shade range to create equal looking images that are created on different backgrounds. Using the paper to my advantage.
Second week in the studio.
Still working on compositions from the Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury train journey. A painting which i started last week and abandoned, i decided to pour paint on it, apply it with a rag and a pallet knife and then blend all the colours together using a big brush, trying to get that sense of movement, Something which the next day i ended up abandoning and restructuring the painting. in a sense they are both still very abstract paintings, but the representational side, is still very important to me at this point. I am aiming to try and make things ring true, look like the landscape, whilst still just being mainly blocks of colour. Using empty space to mty advantage.
Post reconstruction. Still unfinished.
An attempt to construct the landscape without water, I'm often drawn to water as it can give natural paths which help with the composition. This painting mainly an experiment, Still not focusing on detail, just suggestions. With lots of broad spaces of empty colour. I invested in some slow drying medium in an aim to give me the ability to move the paint around more easily. This addition has also helped blend colours, and mattifies the paint slightly which i enjoy.
I decided to make a construct of a landscape, based upon shapes, and tape them together so that i could move them around and work on a composition which i could apply to a painting. Whilst doing this, i also used the colours which i mixed for the paper and created a small abstract based upon water falling over rocks. I would like to use some of these paint application methods and apply them to my larger paintings. But doing exercizes like this helps me get a feel for different paint applications.
Painting inspiration of the week. Isaak Levitan. Fog over water. Oil On Canvas, 1895