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

Animal Impressions Art Exhibition 2015

I am very excited to be involved in the upcoming Animal Impressions Fundraising Art Exhibition created by Keep Talking.

The age old – ‘don’t do anything for free’ is a little worrying as I had to donate a piece of art with all profits going to this years recipient Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.  The allure of exposure is hard to deny though.

It will be interesting to see :

A. If my painting sells
B. If I get extra website traffic due to being advertised
C. Get any custom order requests after the event.

The Event is on June 27th at the very fancy 5 star Hotel Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

Have you ever been involved with fundraising art exhibitions as a buyer or artist? I would love to hear your experiences 🙂

 

fuscous sea shepherd art exhibition melbourne 2015

Fuscous
adj. Sombre, dark

State of Being Alphabet | I is for Insouciant

Painting number 9!

This painting again started with only a colour and no plan. On one hand this is nerve wracking as I have no idea which direction it will go in but if I had a concrete plan it might not have turned out like this.
There were a few stages to this and sometimes I thought it was looking pretty and delicate but it wasn’t the strong colours or textures that I am growing to love. So I kept going and carefully evaluating things at each stage.
The original painting was meant to be simple: two halves, one cobalt blue and one a lighter blue at the top. I was going to add in heavy white impasto brush strokes vertically to join the two sections. I think was was a little too simple so I tried to add ‘more’ to it.
I love the clouds at the top. They were delicate, blended in and had small brush strokes. I really wanted them to stay but they were too delicate for my style, so I added more dimensions and a tinge of pink.
The bottom half was cobalt blue, which turned into water reflections which turned into impasto green, white and merlot red.

I try to not add too much but I know a painting is more interesting with layers. I hope you enjoy the paintings story and I hope you enjoy looking at it.

I is for “Insouciant”
adj. Carefree, unconcerned

As always I would love to hear your feedback – any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated!

State of Being Alphabet | H is for haecceity

So again I have missed a letter – G was frustrating me so I moved onto H.

H is for “haecceity”
n. the quality of a thing that makes it unique or describable as “the one” / individuality

Trying to paint “The one” is pretty hard. Art is subjective and what I think is awesome might be garbage to someone else. That’s why I wanted to keep it clean and simple.

I am pretty please how it turned out. What are your thoughts?