While preparing for my recent abstract landscape workshops I decided to do a bunch of small paintings on paper to show my students various techniques and compositional styles. I really discovered the benefits of painting several studies in succession.
- Safe – not a big commitment
- It allows us to explore composition
- The freedom to try new and different colour palettes
- Try different techniques and tools
- Improves painting skills by working quickly
- Can be done when we don’t have a lot of time to paint
- Ideas for future paintings
- Discovering new techniques
Here is a sampling of some of them.
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Here is the overview of how they all look together. Most of them are square, some of them more successful than others.
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This painting is Encaustic (hot wax). It just needed some punch so I added some more layers of brighter blues, greens, and copper. The final thing I did was to rub some copper metallic oil stick into the horizon line and foreground.
Scrivener – Along the Boardwalk, 12 x 12″ Encaustic on Cradled Panel $250.00
Love the blue sky in this with the contrast of the orange-red and the light at the horizon. Again I used the oil sticks to add the final layer.
Divided –Separate or be separated into parts. This painting has a religious story with the small image of the church in between the people. Reflecting while I was painting I realized how many times in my life I have seen the divide between religion and people.
I have had many feelings of being divided – through divorce, friendships, moving and death. It is part of life that we must endure.
Being in groups of people, like minded or not often leaves me feeling
This painting doesn’t have a happy feel instead it carries a lot of emotional weight.
Divided -12 x 12″ Oil and cold wax on a cradled panel $250.00
Today I got an earlier start on my painting. Again another started landscape. The colour’s in this one are really jarring – have to do something about that! So again using the scraping technique I added several layers and also added some gold leaf for the reflection. I glazed over this to integrate it and it makes it look more like copper leaf. I hope you like the results! Let me know what you think.
Scrivener -Autumn Reflections 12 x 12″ $250.00