When you receive word that your art has won an award it’s both humbling and exciting. It makes you motivated to push the boundaries even further. Although, I don’t think I’ll pursue this particular style further it will lead me somewhere new.
Likewise, selling a painting has a similar motivational effect. You need to make good use of these feelings by getting on with more art.
You know how there’s a plethora of art courses online? Well…. just to add to my workload, I found two that I decided to squeeze in.
One, “Time to Shine” by Alice Sheridan seemed very timely and I could do with improving my social media posts etc. There’s some excellent content and challenges to keep you busy!
The other was a Judy Wood’s workshop where I have been exploring a different way of working. It involved collage, layering black, then some white paint and working towards an image on top of that. I felt like I’d gone a bit feral when I covered the whole thing in black! I’m not sure I like a lot of black.
These are the paintings.
The one above was the first to feel sort of ok. After thinking on it for a while, I made some minor adjustments in the bottom left corner. Still thinking though.
Number two here felt tentatively, almost, done after I demolished a large black area in the bottom third. That line on the left is trying to say something though?
I love how a picture can come to a point where it feels like it’s time to stop. It isn’t finished yet, you know that, but at some point, serendipity will play a part and the required touches will come to mind! Just like magic!
Now for this little fellow. Normally, I’m not keen on “seeing” things in my abstract work, unless I intend it of course, but for some reason I grew quite attached to this guy holding what could be a fishing rod. Perhaps it’s treasure he hooked? Anyway, I thought this one is a bit whimsical and could almost be declared “done”.
However, as often happens, thoughts can change and after an incubation period all these works were all declared “feral” and unworthy of inclusion in the “finished” pile.
Back to the drawing, or painting board!
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