I just spent two days at the TOSH10 Gallery in The Old School House In Qualicum Beach. It is my commitment to being in a co-operative gallery. I treat my shift as a self imposed residency. If I go with a strong focus I find I can get a lot of work done. So for the past two days I worked on Abstract Landscape paintings – just small studies.
I started by making several thumbnail sketches of a variety of composition styles – high horizon, low horizon, framed, path, aerial view etc.
I then started working on several paintings – 11 to be exact! I used scrapers and palette knife as well as some brush work.
There is great value in working on several paintings at one time- you never get caught up on any thing becoming to precious and you have no down time waiting for things to dry.
Most of them are not finished but close.
Here is where I got to so far. I will post them as I complete them – always the hardest part!
I had an amazing weekend attending the Suzanne Northcott “Big and Loose” workshop hosted by Susan of Island Arts Magazine.
Suzanne really reaffirmed my belief in the process. If you allow yourself to enjoy the process the outcome will take care of itself.
Many people worked from subject matter however I painted intuitively. Not having a clue what would turn up as I madly mixed, poured and scraped.
I worked on 5 canvases of various sizes the smallest being 24×24″ and the largest being 30×48″.
Although I didn’t finish any one of them (5 more to add to my collection of unfinished paintings), I did get a good start on them and built up several layers. Even though I was experimenting and trying different ways of working with the mediums my work developed a theme. My mark making and scraping had a consistent feel.
I am calling it the “Pond Series”.
My goal this week aside from teaching a two day workshop and teaching a few harp lessons is to try and work some of these paintings to the finish line!
Here are the paintings in progress.
With much consideration I have decided not to continue with the daily painting for the month of October. Not to worry I will resume it again in the future.
October is a busy month for me. My harp students are back in full swing, I have two workshops planned for in my studio and I am working with a client on an interior renovation project.
So what about a challenge! I have decided to work up some landscapes for my upcoming “Mixed Media Abstract Landscape” workshop.
The October workshop is sold out but I am offering it again in November. Visit my website for more details and to register online.
Here is my latest landscape and some detail shots of the texture.
it is always an exciting day when the envelope comes in the mail with the jury results! The big reveal is about to happen. I had one winning entry. “Jumping Through Hoops” made the cut!
The title sums up the experience of entering juried shows!
Here is the painting.
Jumping Through Hoops