Return trip from Colwyn bay- Aberystwyth. ( photo somewhere near Dolgellau) .
On Wednesday of this week, i decided to make some abstract studies, these two square paintings pictured above were made from applying paint and then responding to each mark made, until i felt as if the painting had reached a point where i was happy with the compositions and the marks. Although these could have elements where you may see representations, or you may interpret in certain ways, from the colours used/ marks made etc. This was not my intention, they are merely just an exercise of me responding with paint to paint.
Over this weekend i have been doing a lot of travelling, which doesn't leave me a lot of time to paint. From friday, Aberystwyth to - shrewebury- to Surrey to colwyn bay- to aberystwyth- Sunday. Although i didn't have time to stop and take studies,i was spending the majority of these journeys, looking at the landscape, taking blurry pictures, observing the colours. I have been trying to look at the landscape differently to normal, looking at the shapes as building blocks of a painting. I always find that a strong abstract composition behind the representation or whatever medium of artwork. Will make the image far stronger. If it works abstract, it will work in representational painting, is my theory. Back in the studio on Monday i made 12 small 8x8 inch studies, which are in no way finished paintings. Each looks at the light in the golden hour as the call it , focusing on the shapes. Some worked, some don't, and in turn i now have the relevant information to proceed in to my work to come.
Art Inspration of the week.
John. Constable, Seascape Study with Raincloud. 1827.
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