Now I’m feeling better suddenly I have focus (did I
bore you with mention I get ill a lot). Hmmm, so lots of catching up to do – meant to be opening a print shop for hecks sake. I not expecting a rush of sales, I mean I know the world will keep turning without my art being up for sale, but none of its going to get sold sat in great piles all over my studio either. So I need to get moving.
I’ve cracked open the acrylics lately. Mainly because I can’t resist buying the bloody stuff in pretty colours. Usually I get it out and am all “Ewww, this stuff is so plasticky, pass me the oils”.
A funny thing: I have an uncanny knack of being to mix whatever colour I want from a very limited palette. I love the challenge of being able to recreate a blob of paint colour that exactly matches something else in the world. I know artists are meant to be able to do this stuff, but it’s one of the things I pride myself on, mainly because I found it so easy and could do it with little practice (unlike drawing or actual painting). And yet, I cannot resist buying up all the teal, all the geranium rose, especially in acrylic, which I hardly use……what’s that all about? Ha!
I digress. Anway, I
opened the tubes mixed up a gorgeous colour palette of teals, buff and pale dusky lilac. And because I can’t bear to waste paint, and, more amazingly I managed to keep it wet and workable for aaaages, I got three paintings out of it, all abstract. Two of ’em I posted already here and here. This is the last. And the best I think. I’m really happy with this – abstraction does not come naturally to me at all. I have to work really hard and try not to work from any reference otherwise I get all confused and fussy with my mark making.
I use a combination of brush, fingers and my trusty range of painting knives, and I LOVE the texture that gives when dragged over canvas, and to get going I tone the canvas first then use hard pastel to create some marks and divide the canvas up. Interestingly, I usually have drawn some circles with the pastel at this stage, with good intention to have them in the final piece, but I’ve not yet managed to keep them.
I feel like I want to explore texture more and more, am even considering splodging on some extra gesso for texture beforehand (and usually I’m too impatient for that sort of thing.
This one was painted whilst listening to the selected works of Solomon Grey. Do not deprive your ears of this music if you haven’t already heard it. I like painting abstracts to music – it sets the mood.