Saturday, 13 December 2014

(It may be raining but) There's a rainbow above you. A Seascape.


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'There's a rainbow above you' - acrylic on canvas 30cm x 40cm

This is a painting I started quite a few weeks ago. It was one of those ones where I took two brush strokes forward and four back. I'd get an effect or a colour I liked then instead of leaving it well alone I'd add just one more brush stroke or just a little more texture and all of a sudden I'd overworked it and lost the bit that I'd  liked. I'd get the sky the way I wanted then fiddle around with the sea. Then the sea would be just right and I'd mess around with the sky again. And so on. Believe me there were many incarnations of this painting before I reached this final version but I won't bore you with showing you each one. 


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Anyway, I figured it was my 'try it and see' piece so I'd have a little go at it every day in between other paintings and eventually I got it where I wanted it and actually listened to the little art policeman in my head who told me to put the brush down and step away from the canvas.  

A lot of the texture is by happy accident but each time I do something that gets a result I like I store it away in my head hoping I'll be able to recreate it the next time. As well as layering paint on with palette knives and then scraping it off again, I've also started using a dry brush technique which I quite like for giving movement to the stormy skies.

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This is on one of the thin canvases that I don't really like so much but that I need to use up anyway. It's 30cm x 40cm so a bit bigger than my usual canvases and is now hanging on the wall of the Schoolhouse Gallery as part of the Colour exhibition which runs through to January. 

Mary from the Schoolhouse left me a lovely phone message to say she'd received my paintings and that they were even better and more vibrant in real life that the photos conveyed which was such a lovely thing to hear. Hopefully someone visiting the Schoolhouse during the Colour Exhibition will feel the same way and feel the need to add some colour to their home with one of my paintings.  


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As for the title - I don't expect anyone will have noticed but the last few landscapes I've painted have had lines from songs as their titles. I knew, as soon as I decided to paint this from an instagram photo I'd taken one day, what the title would be. 

I often wonder how some artists come up with titles for their art. I've used puns or at least tried to come up with something witty or smart. Then for a while I employed a complete lack of imagination and simply called them what they were (e.g. Sunset at Sandside, Stormy Strathy etc.) 

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'There's a rainbow above me'

Then one night S and I sat up to the early hours of the morning trying to out sing each other on the XBox game 'Lips' and I happened to sing a Pretenders song 'Don't get me wrong'. Never having really listened to the Pretenders much before I realised as I belted it out (badly) that I loved this song and the lyrics in particular. I remember thinking at the time that some of the lines would be great titles for paintings. In fact that's where 'There's something in the air' came from. So, since then I've used lines from songs I love that happen to fit the mood or feel of the painting. I'm not sure if that is some sort of plagiarism and I do hope not - hopefully the songwriter. were they ever to discover a painting with a line from their song as the title, would instead be flattered that their lyrics had struck an artistic chord with me! 

I'd love to know where you come up with the titles for your artwork - what inspires it and do you have the title in mind as soon as you start the painting? 

10 comments:

  1. another real beauty Nic! I started singing "Desperado" in my head the second I saw the title of this painting:) I love using lines from songs and even parts of lines from quotes/sayings/poems especially if it's where I got my inspiration from in the first place. Your paintings will surely be sold.

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  2. Lovely. What a beautiful sky. I hope the gallery in dornie has plenty of seasonal visitors. I'm not sure where titles cone front. Sometimes a painting just announces itself ... :) x

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  3. This is beautiful Nic - think larger suits your new style! Fabulous colours and movement and just like the rough seas of the last few days.

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  4. Wow, LOVE it! I can feel the wind and hear the waves crashing... excellent, Nic! As for titles... yes, I often labor over them. When I blog, I unashamedly grab a line from a quote for the title, as I use quotes to help "tell the story" of my art. It gets harder when the piece goes to a gallery, for then I usually do not have the option of including quote and I do feel that the title gives the viewer a context for the art. So then I give my husband the job of "official title writer":-)

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  5. Gorgeous color and vibrant movement!

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  6. Well you already know I love this one! I would buy it if I hadn't spent so much already this month! It's gorgeous! :0)

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  7. beautiful painting ... perfect title. I think song lyrics are a great idea. I tend to be very literal with my paintings (cat sleeping on my head or sunflower on a windy day) :)
    i may try your song lyric method and see what happens! i think artists who name their paintings "Untitled #75" need to rethink names like that but that's just my humble opinion.

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  8. Awe, this is just beautiful!! I love the colors, textures, energy and movement in it! AND I bet your paintings do indeed look gorgeous in person :) As for me, I find my titles from different sources - sometimes my head, sometimes part of a quote and from lyrics too. xoox

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  9. it sounds like you had fun!!! The paintings are beautiful I love each and everyone of them, the colors are amazing, I have a few paintings from before my vision left me that these remind me of, I have always loved the many colors of sky and water, I painted nothing but sky and water all one summer, lol,

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  10. I can feel the sea splashing all about. Love this and your description of how you painted it. S is a good sport. I could never get Matt to sing on a Wii game! I, on the other hand, would be belting them out as well, off key but loud! LOL! I like the idea of using song lyrics to title your paintings. I always have so much trouble titling my paintings.

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