I have been a little tied up with something special but now that’s finished I can get back to it.
My 7th study has an ultramarine Violet ground (one of my favourite colors) because I am a little bored of such an enclosed palette.
I named it Cadbury because the colours reminded me of the chocolate. Painting what is on my mind…..I joke. I enjoyed working on this one so much and even though it’s not the strongest in terms of final image, I can see myself carrying on with this deep purple ground. It just gives the painting something else, a further dimension. I also like the way the ground pushes through which I have difficulty with using lighter tones.
Study 8 is a little less delicious,
and reminded me a little of Braque’s cubist paintings. This has a buff titanium ground and squares drawn within squares as an underlying structure. This is incredibly difficult to work within on such a small scale. I used a little plastic nibbed ‘pusher’ to create linear divisions within the circle. I don’t like this study as much but applying the paint thicker than usual was fun.
The final two studies have been prepped with a black and cadmium orange grounds (feeling Halloween-y).
I really wanted to just paint without thought today, so I carried on with my flamingo piece. I drew the initial birds from photographs on the Internet, and I did intend to refer back to them, but I couldn’t really be bothered. I just wanted to make it up. Whilst using educated guesses. Hehe. Its a relief paint without objectives or things to aspire to. To just do it.
I find as well that an artist shouldn’t take themselves, or their work too seriously. If it’s a mistake, who cares? Just paint over it. It felt good to paint from memory and to not be too concerned with being 100% accurate. That’s what we have fantastic cameras for.