Staying the course vs only trying a technique out

A few months a go I started a new series “from the dark” where I start by painting the canvas black and using a black texture paste to start. This forces me to think about colours differently and I have to really try to bring out the lightness from the dark.. hence the series name.

I’ve completed 6 and a half paintings so far and now I have to decide whether to keep at this new technique or try something different. I am really liking a few of these paintings – particularly “Transient Light” and “Near Light”

I’ve entered “Transient Light” into the Lethbridge 20000 small scale art Prize in Queensland this year and I am really hoping that the judges see something special in it.

It’s really hard to get honest feedback when nobody buys the works, I take this as a sign that I haven’t quite gotten to the level that I need to be at and where everyone else is at. I can only keep going and trying until I make a sale and then I can continue exploring that method / style.

I think I will keep going with this series a little longer.

Working on multiple paintings

I am really enjoying painting now that I am working on three paintings at the same time; I think it is a perfect number. I can start one painting and then while that is drying I can start another and then the last one. I then go back to the first one and add a few more layers.

‘Maelstrom’ has a very thick impasto (Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface (or the entire canvas) very thickly, usually thickly enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible.) effect so I won’t be touching that one for a while.

I also love that I can experiment with the same technique but in slightly different ways. This series is also about trying new things without sticking to a colour scheme or only one method.

Jejune is a hard one to interpret because the meaning is ‘intellectually unsatisfying, shallow’. I love using textures and layers so I can’t bring myself to be paired back. This may be one painting that everyone can interpret differently.

It will be a great joy and achievement to complete these three paintings and be able to move onto the others in this series.

I would love to hear your opinions on my progress so far! Let me know in the comments 🙂

You can also follow my progress on instagram

Introducing art subscriptions

victoria fitzgerald abstract artist melbourne

I saw this concept somewhere else and cannot claim credit but I thought it was a great idea.

I am now offering an art subscription where the purchaser will receive 4 paintings over one year. They are small 8×10 paintings and hopefully it will show my progression as an artist. I am only offering 5 people the chance this year to test the waters, but I would love to grow it and reach more people in the future.

Click my Etsy Shop Listing to find out more. I hope I have covered all the potential questions.

Have you seen or purchased art subscriptions before? I am excited about sending the same person multiple pieces that they can collect 🙂

New Series – Watercolour Flowers

Creativity is odd. Some days you just feel no inspirations and other days you have too many ideas and not enough time!

I am so excited I have a new project – watercolour flowers. I just love experimenting with colours and line.

I hope to have a calendar made by the end of year of these beautiful flowers – the announcement will be made through my newsletter later this year. In the meantime some of these can be purchased as prints via my Etsy Store