Last week in the studio I did a bit of re-organizing and some prep work for making more small landscape paintings. In addition to using canvas, I want to try gesso-ed paper. I've done this with portraits - see here - and find I really like the surface of gesso-ed paper, so why not try it with landscapes.
In between studio re-organizing and landscape prep I worked on some urban things.
Above, a painting that has been underway for some time. Below, the final finishing touches.
Here are two that were begun last October:
Unfortunately I was careful with neither choice nor application of colour when I began working on the larger one. After many layers, it has come to here:
The original open and delicate feeling of the stitched canvas has been oppressed by too-heavy colour.
Ah well, I can only move forward, trust in my painting skills and know that this work is becoming something other than originally conceived - like so many others! In fact, it is this refusal of the work to behave itself and progress as planned that keeps me intrigued, ha.
I recently read Stephen King's book "On Writing", which I thoroughly enjoyed, and in which he talks about starting with a character and a situation, and letting them develop. The fact that his characters can surprise him is essential to his writing. Well then, the same is true for my paintings.