My drawing and painting life
Since Early April I can use a studio – I’m sharing with two other ladies. At first it was a bit daunting, so I started out doing work I know, small studies and gelli printing. But I wanted a studio to be able to paint BIG: a lot bigger than is practical in my home. So you can imagine I am totally happy now.
In the studio I am working on some abstracts on canvas. I’m experimenting with oil paint, trying different styles. For one, I’m trying out painting after a sketch. Here’s two examples of work in progress on 50 x 50 cm canvases. This was actually done on May 6, when I did a series of 15 sketches in the studio – ! – then picked one to paint (see the little square painting in the photo). So this was EXTRA work on day #249.
I had a wonderful day in the studio, because the paintings above were only one project I worked on. I also started an experiment, trying to paint a painting inspired by Mark Rothko, a kind of color field painting. My idea was to try layering paints on, layer after layer after layer.
Here’s how I started with a dark outer edge and two squares one to develop in red tones, one started with blue. A few days later I added another layer on both squares. This is going to be a long term project. This painting is on a canvas of 70 x 100 cm.
(May 7, day 250 of the year, I drew an abstract in pastels. I must still make a scan, which I keep till a separate post.Then I painted some imaginary creatures for a few days, also for a later post.)
A few days later, on May 11 (#254/365), I went into the studio and continued on one of the smaller paintings above, hoping to push it further. I wanted it to be truly non representational. It felt like a spirit among the trees, so I added a shape and didn’t like it either and got rid of it again. After that it needed to dry.
Both projects to be continued.
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