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’ www.vfitzartist.com.au

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 🙂