Friday, 1st: Ripple

Ripple (detail)

Happy July!!! I wish it felt more like summer but it hasn’t rained (yet) today, so at least that is something…

OK, I haven’t actually gone out to take photographs of the water as I probably should do, but I am not going to let that stop me. The oval painting I began earlier in the week has sat on my easel just begging me to paint it, and I felt in the mood to this morning.

My approach to painting is a ‘maximalist’ technique, filling every inch of the space with marks and colour, in a wholesome composition. I remember compositional classes in second year,  and how difficult I found them, especially when I tried to pursue illustration. For those of you that don’t know how much actually goes into an image, just ask ! Some compositions are easily found, whereas others take plenty time and thought to get right. Luckily, this is something I haven’t had to concern myself with. Until maybe now.

Ripple, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 51cm diameter

As my interest lies in the way the light touches the water, I will need to consider the composition in more detail. Where is the light going? Where is it coming from? How powerful is it? Etc, etc. I have attempted to keep the light in clusters, as though it has been fragmented or it is in motion. I am going to attempt some stretched paper studies over the course of the next few days to investigate this in greater detail, before I create another painting.

It makes me smile to see how my work has changed from a couple of years ago. My second year painting focused on warm feelings and capturing these with a strictly warm palette and use of mark making, the result;

Warmth, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100cm each

As this sits on my lounge wall (where I paint), I see these everyday. My work has changed completely from this but the scale of these pieces add something colourful to the beige/brown room. That semester was the start of me developing my use of marks within painting,  and is what underlies my work now. I feel as though now, this may be my blue period. I never did realise the depth and variety to be found within a blue palette (and I am only just beginning to) – so this is very exciting.

I have began a response piece to Ripple, with perhaps elements of fish? Or scaled movement, who knows what I am really going to do. Just play;

Work in Progress, acrylic on board, 60 x 60cm

One Comment Add yours

  1. Jo Cleary says:

    Good afternoon Sarah,

    I can definitely see a hint of Monet the great impressionist underlying the palette. My first impression was the sense of shape (almost earth like) – is ‘The Oval’ the title of this piece? If it is how bizarre that I could see it! Also is this portraying flowers under water, because if it is then its working – well done!

    Hope you are all well.

    Love Mom x

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