|'Melvich Sunset' - Acrylic landscape|
Ever since I went on Ashley's workshop in Cornwall I've really changed my opinion on abstract art. Well, not all of it - the non objective stuff is still a bit of a mystery to me - but certainly representational abstract work is much more appealing to me than it once was.
It's like it tripped a switch in me and I feel like I suddenly can't learn enough about art and other artists whose work appeals to me. I've been pinning beautiful vibrant, semi abstract works of art on Pinterest like nobodies business - art that is more or less abstract or certainly impressionistic at any rate, but still very clearly landscapes.
|The original inspiration|
I'm drawn to vibrant colours and bold textures and brush strokes and, more and more, I find I truly enjoy painting most when I'm not confining myself to adding every detail and aiming to exactly replicate the subject. Of course, this doesn't necessarily apply to my pet portraits as I want them to capture the essence of the animal but even there I'd like to loosen up my style a little.
An online art buddy, Laura, recently mentioned a book she'd bought called Painting Realistic Abstracts by Kees Van Aalst and. although it is mostly in relation to watercolours, it's also relevant to acrylics. It's well worth a read if you want to move away from purely replicating the subject and instead want to adopt a more intuitive, emotional way of painting.
|Just as well it's so tiny 7.5cm x 7.5cm) givem how many |
layers of paint I went through!
I'm now working my way through Vibrant Acrylics by Hashim Akib, whose work I absolutely love and I already feel I've learnt so much just by seeing how these artist's prepare their canvas and choose their composition.
Anyway, in between pet portraits and sweet paintings, I've been experimenting with a looser more vibrant style and the landscape here is the end result. You can see how very far away from the original reference photo it is but if you scroll down you'll also see the many, many incarnations it went through until I found something that I was happy with and that felt like me.
|The 1st attempt was pleasant enough |
but something wasn't quite right
|Even more colour|
|just a bit more|
|aagh too much colour|
|starting to wish I'd left it at stage 1|
|another day another palette of left over paint to experiment with!|
|now we're getting somewhere|
|nope let's start over again add more and then scrape it all off and...|
|Now I'm happy with it!|
**Update - Thursday 30 October
I'm very pleased to report that I posted a photo of this little landscape on my Facebook page on Sunday and it sold on Sunday evening!
I'm linking to Paint Party Friday - I've been a bit remiss with my visits to the Party this year, dipping in and out when I get a chance but I'm going to make more effort to link up as it is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow art bloggers and what they've been up to.