Working on larger canvas

I never thought I would be stuck doing something I’ve done before. But a larger canvas had my brain stumped. The little ones feel like a fluke as they are done quicker but how do I paint more canvas?

The piece started fine – I began in one corner and tried out my blending and tones. All was good. I continued on and placed a basic cover of red then tried the same blending all over the canvas. Somehow it wasn’t what I wanted and it looked terrible. My brains answer? Add more paint!

It still didn’t look right so I wiped away the excess paint. I thought – “yeah, that’s all rough looking – people like rough abstract art!” I went away for about 10 minutes and has to come back because that was bullshit. It looked childish and not like the other canvases I had done (which I think looked kind nice). I tried blending a slightly different way, it was easier now there wasn’t so much paint.

In the end I think it looks better but it started better as a sketch. One day everything will click the way I intend it to.


Getting side tracked is a good thing – new mini series

So I’ve taken a break from my series ‘state of being alphabet’. The main aim of that series was to have fun and experiment with different effects / techniques.

I recently completed J – Jejune and I really liked painting that one. I love the textures, the sweeping brushstrokes and the deep tones I achieved with the green.

I also recently completed some smaller works for the Linden Postcard show. At only 8×10 inches (20×25.5cm) it was exciting to fit a great picture in a small space.

I bought some more 8×10’s and found one at 9.5 x13 inches and was inspired to just ‘play’. I just love these results. I didn’t have any theme in mind or a name for any of them until the end. Someone mentioned to me it (ocean depths) looks like water and it came together quickly that they all represent the ocean !

I would love to know what you think! They are all currently available for purchase on my website under ‘original art for sale’

State of Being Alphabet | J is for Jejune

This painting was a long time coming – I skipped over the letter to complete K, L and started on M.

The meaning of the word was stopping me –

J is for “Jejune”
adj. intellectually unsatisfying, shallow

How do I convey mental shallowness? I thought about doing a very simple painting or a painting then wiping away the layers to almost nothing. That would have been different. But that wouldn’t have been my new style.

What is my style? That’s the whole point of this series – to find what I love doing and what looks good. Maybe I should have been extreme like my original idea but i don’t think it would have looked good.

I am drawn to dramatic dark colours paired with selected highlighted areas. I love it, it makes my eyes dance over the canvas.

I love this painting – one of my favourites so far and I can’t wait to refine this style with the other paintings.

I would love to hear your feedback! Does this painting dance in your eyes?

Linden Postcard Show 2015

It’s very exciting when I can enter an art competition and be shown in a real gallery! I entered the postcard show last year when I was just starting out in oils. I made a few mistakes and definitely had them in mind when entering this year.

vfitzartist succulents oil on canvas 2014

Just putting anything on a canvas – I painted a picture that was disjointed. I didn’t have a vision, style or end goal (see right “succulents”, oil on canvas, 20x25cm, 2014). That is the beauty of my State of Being Alphabet Series; I have 26 paintings to try whatever I want. Unfortunately with a competition just ‘anything’ won’t win you anything and has a high chance of not being purchased.

This year I have gotten into my style ‘groove’ and took a concept I couldn’t use for the State of Being Alphabet and made a mini version. It was much more enjoyable still having that ‘free reign’ but more of a defined style to follow. (And an actual story behind the painting)

Leaving entering too late – Last year I only entered one piece because of poor planning and with high entry fees it was a bit of a bust.

This year wasn’t much better I’m afraid to say. It was about 3 weeks before the show entry deadline and I hadn’t started! Feeling resourceful I painted them in acrylics because I knew they took less time to dry and therefore I had more time to manipulate my images.

Overall I think I did well but more planning next year- I might have to paint a few small works earlier in preparation!

If you are in the area the exhibition is on at:

Linden New Arts
26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
19 September – 21 November 2015
I have the below two works on show and available for purchase 🙂

adj. mutually destructive
Acrylic, Modeling Paste and Ylang Ylang Sand on Canvas, 20x25cm, 2015

internecine vfitzartist textured abstract acrylic painting 2015 Melbourne Abstract Artist

adj. Melodious, resonant
Acrylic, Modeling Paste and Ylang Ylang Sand on Canvas, 20x25cm, 2015

vfitzartist canorous acrylic on canvas 2015 Melbourne Abstract Artist