Saturday, 29 June 2019

On the Edge of Abstraction

On the Edge of Abstraction
16" x 16" - acrylic on canvas - $90
An abstracted landscape of 'grounds' or sections, that move back in space towards the distant horizon and sky, with each section suggesting fields, landforms, and so on. I painted it almost entirely with a palette knife, creating lots of hard edges, many of which were then softened with a brush. 
Have to say I love how it turned out and the vibrant colour scheme! 

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Letting in the Light

Letting In the Light
18" x 24" - acrylic on canvas - $350
    I have been painting a lot in the last few weeks, but not posting anything, anywhere. I usually work on a couple of paintings at a time, for a bunch of reasons, and eventually they all seem to 'get done' about the same time. Then I need to live with them in order to see if they need more work or are really 'done'. So now it's time to post and show off all the good stuff.
    This work was actually one that I painted years ago after a trip to Scotland several years ago. 2015? You can see the earlier version below. Recently I realized how I could take it further. It seemed to be waiting for me to develop a more abstract vision, which I have been working at over the last few months. So it's not so much a 'redo' as a 'continuation'. The earlier version featured lots of wet paint and drips, which was fun to do. The new work is structurally and compositionally tighter (grids and lines sort of do that automatically) but there is lots of scumbling and areas of colour graduation and variety. The colour shapes and 'lines are only suggested. Love this one, it really does have a special light quality!