|'On the horns of a dilemma' - acylic impasto 40cm x 50cm|
This is one I started several weeks ago when I first decided to try my hand at impasto. The background has gone through many, many incarnations and I've gotten through many, many, many tubes of acyrlic paint - I love the 3D texture of impasto but my Dog, it uses up a lot of paint!
|Close up of the thick layers of paint|
I used a photo that S took recently when he was out and about during his family's visit but I sort of made the background up.I messed around and messed around and eventually hit on something that I liked.
|The ragged edges are deliberate!|
In keeping with the mini landscapes I've been doing recently I decided to do ragged edges as if the paint was peeling away from a black background. I liked it as I was doing it but then had a crisis of confidence and so, I called upon my good art friend Sandra for her opinion on whether it looked deliberate or would people think I just couldn't paint a straight black border round the sides of the box canvas! Sandra reassured me that it worked which is what I was hoping she'd say as I really quite like it!
Anyway, I finished this a couple of weeks ago and am working on some more mini landscapes for some more local exhibitions but plan on doing some more animals like this too.
In the meantime, another of the auctions that I donated artwork to has completed and this time I offered to do a custom portrait of the winner's dog. I've been in contact with the winner today and will be starting a gouache portrait of a beautiful lurcher this week. As much as I'm enjoying the unpredictability and expressionism of impasto I'm really looking forward to getting back to some more realistic gouache. It's nice to switch between the two styles - perhaps if I had to label myself as an artist I'd be a realistic expressionist or would I be an expressionistic realist?!