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 🙂
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 🙂
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!