I had some fun last week creating some intuitive portraits with drippy black paint and a palette knife. The one on the left was created using black enamel paint but it wasn't drippy enough so I mixed some black acrylic paint with some Golden Tar Gel and a little bit of water to create the other two.
I had a lovely time on Sunday visiting Melbourne Festival and following the art trail. Lots of wonderful work to see and artists to meet. Melbourne is a lovely historic town in southern Derbyshire, England. I have a bit of a thing for hand made ceramics and two pieces - a jug and a bowl came home with me.
One of the paintings I have been working on today is this one which has been hanging around my studio calling for attention ....
Here is another figurative abstract work in progress. I have a number of these paintings on the go at the moment all in various stages of development. I find it really difficult to know when they are finished but like a friend reminded me recently - artists rarely 'finish' a painting, they just abandon it and move on to the next one .... which just about sums up my process.
I had a bit of a struggle with this one and there are many layers on this painting. I had to leave the studio as it was getting really cold (20 degrees celsius outside but like a fridge in my studio). I put on my electric heater only to watch the electricity meter going crazy. I think it will be jumpers, gloves and hats in the Winter then!
After not being active on my blog for about a month here is the second post in the same day! For one reason or another I have not been able to get to the studio much this week so decided to create some small abstract paintings on paper at home. Here are some of the results - they are mostly gouache on paper with oil pastel. Creating small paintings like this is a great form of art therapy!!!
My studio is filling up with a lot of unfinished work so I decided to express myself on paper for a change as stretched canvases soon start to fill up the space. Here are a few acrylic paintings on paper ....