I went a little crazy with these ones as they play with one of my favourite things; mark making. I used a mixture of brushes and old credit cards to smear the paint over the paper and then randomly scratched into the paint with different objects. The last two were made using the same colours only varying the layers working from light to dark paint layers in the first and then dark to light in the second:
The idea behind this set was to play with both intuitive shapes and oil pastel as well as acrylic paint. Thin washes were used over oil pastel scribbling then thick areas of paint were added to solidify the composition all in slightly different ways playing with line, blended shapes (the first two) and finally bold areas of shape set out in pure colours:
I love how the oil pastel comes through the paint offering subtle changes in texture and interest thanks to the resistance it has. Which one is your favourite and why?
Playing with ‘harder’ geometric shapes is something I don’t do very often. Naturally I tend to work with curves and flowing movement so for this set I tried to push myself to experiment with squares and rectangles. Two played with the same composition in separate studies where as the third layered and overlapped the shapes to create the composition:
The finished experiment from yesterday; layers of watercolour and sharpie contours on watercolour paper.
Playing with colour, composition and contours (or lack thereof):
Incomplete watercolour experiment on watercolour paper; first layer, contours in ink to be added tomorrow.
Felt pen blocks on drawing paper in a freeform, haphazard composition without added contours.
Large block shapes on A2 paper painted and blended with a large soft brush to eliminate all contours and obvious shape edges.
Right now I am all about experimenting with techniques, marks, colours, compositions and media in the studio to see what works and doesn’t for me, what I want to incorporate into my creativity and what I think holds promise and new avenues for development and further experimentation.
Playing with colour, intuitive composition and mark making:
Acrylic on watercolour paper
Acrylic on canvas, primary colour play
Acrylic on watercolour paper in neutrals
What I love about developing abstracts and intuitive painting is that there is no plan or focus, the paint just is and I am able to let go and follow where it leads.