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.
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
Ocean Depths, Oil on Canvas, 20 x25.5 cm,2015 (c) Victoria FitzGerald
Ocean Movements, Oil on Canvas, 24x33cm, 2015 (c) Victoria FitzGerald
Ocean Floor, Oil on Canvas, 20×25.5cm,2015 (c) Victoria FitzGerald
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 🙂
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 🙂